S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science

Walton, Miss A (shell collection, insect collection)

Born: Date not known, Place not known.
Died: Date not known, Place not known.

Miss A. Walton, a naturalist residing in the Eastern Cape and a member of the Eastern Province Naturalists' Society, collected shells and insects. As early as 1892 the British expert on molluscs, G.B. Sowerby, named the rare South African marine gasteropod Clanculus waltonae after her. She seems to have sent shells to Sowerby at some time, although the species named after her was sent to Sowerby by James Crawford* of Port Elizabeth. She is known to have collected a species of the genus Achatina on the farm Resolution, some 20 km north-east of Grahamstown on the road to Alice. As late as 1928 'Miss Walton' sent ants collected on Resolution to the South African Museum.

List of sources:

Barnard, K.H. Personal names in South African conchology. Cape Town: Conchological Society of Southern Africa, 1965.

Kilburn, R. and Rippey, E. Sea shells of southern Africa. Johannesburg: Macmillan, 1982.

Robertson, H. Biodiversity explorer. http://www.biodiversityexplorer.org/people

Compiled by: C. Plug