S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science

Kerremans, Captain Charles (entomology)

Born: 1847, Place not known.
Died: 10 October 1915, Brussels, Belgium.

Charles Kerremans, Belgian entomologist and member of the Societe entomologique de France, specialised in the Coleoptera (beetles) and in particular made outstanding contributions (in French) to the literature on the family Buprestidae (jewel or metallic wood-borers). Among others he described collections of this family from Brazil (1897), Madagascar (1898), the Belgian Congo (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1904, 1909, 1914), the Seychelles (1914) and German East Africa (now Uganda, 1914). His main contribution, however, was a monumental work, Monographie des Buprestides (1906-1914), published in parts. He attempted to monograph the whole family and managed to complete Part 1 of Volume 7 before his death. This work gave a modern structure to buprestid higher classification.

Kerremans published an account of the "Buprestides du Musee de Pretoria" in the Annals of the Transvaal Museum (1911, Vol. 3(1), pp. 84-92). A few years after his death a description by him of the Buprestides of German South West Africa (now Namibia) was published in Beitraege zur Kenntnis der Land- und Suesswasserfauna Deutsch Suedwestafrikas (1918, Vol. 1, pp. 295-303).

List of sources:

Annals of the Transvaal Museum, 1911, Vol. 3, paper by Kerremans.

Bellamy, C.L. A bibliography of the scientific papers of Charles Kerremans. Archives of Natural History, 1998, Vol. 25, pp. 321-329.

National Union Catalogue, pre-1956 imprints. London: Mansell, 1968-1980.

Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia, at http://en.wikipedia.org

Compiled by: C. Plug