S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science




Wroughton, Mr R W (insect collection)

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

R.W. (sic) Wroughton, of the Indian civil service in Bombay, presented a valuable collection of ants, made by him in Natal and Basutoland (now Lesotho), to the South African Museum, Cape Town, in 1894. The specimens had already been identified by the Swiss entomologist and psychiatrist Professor August H. Forel of the University of Zurich. Many of the species were new to the museum's collection, as no systematic collecting had yet been done for it in the Eastern Cape or Natal.

The collector was presumably Robert Charles Wroughton, who published several papers in the Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. Two of these dealt with "Our Hymenoptera" (1889) and "Our ants" (1892-1893, in two parts), while a third, "South African snakes" (1894-1895) was presumably based on observations made during his visit to South Africa. He contributed three more entomological papers to the same journal during the next few years.


List of sources:
Cape of Good Hope. Report of the trustees of the South African Museum, 1894.

Royal Society of London. Catalogue of scientific papers [1800-1900]. London: Royal Society, 1867-1925.


Compiled by: C. Plug


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