Yoshio Kondo

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Yoshio Kondo in 1967

Yoshio Kondo (1910, on Maui, Hawaii - 1990, on Oahu, Hawaii) was a biologist and malacologist. He spent virtually his entire life in Hawaii, with the exception of a number of collecting expeditions, primarily to islands in the Pacific Ocean (including the Mangarevan Expedition in 1934), and his time spent at Harvard University, where he received a Ph.D. under the direction of William J. Clench in 1955. He was known to most people as "Yoshi".

Kondo spent his entire career, over 40 years, at the Bernice P. Bishop Museum in Honolulu. During most of that period, his official position was "Curator of Mollusks". His main research interests involved land snails in the families Achatinellidae and Partulidae, groups for which he was a major authority, although he did work with other mollusks as well.[1][2][3]

He was succeeded by his son, Charles Kondo, PHD., and grandchildren: Douglas Kondo, Erica Kondo, and Nick Kondo.


  1. ^ Christensen, Carl C. Dr. Kondo Retires as Bishop Museum Malacologist. Hawaiian Shell News: January 1981.
  2. ^ Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Yoshio Kondo, Malacologist Emeritus of Bishop Museum, Dies 10/5 at 79. 12 Oct. 1990, p. D6.
  3. ^ Cowie, R. H. 1993. "Yoshio Kondo: Bibliography and list of taxa". Bishop Museum Occasional Papers 32: 1-10.