Charles Oberthür

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Charles Oberthür (14 September 1845, in Rennes – 1 June 1924) was a French entomologist specializing in Lepidoptera. He was the son of François-Charles Oberthür.

Charles Oberthür

Oberthür named 42 new genera of moths.[1]

Oberthur acquired the collections of Jean Baptiste Boisduval (1799–1879), Achille Guenée (1809–1880), Jean-Baptiste Eugène Bellier de la Chavignerie (1819–1888), Adolphe de Graslin (1802–1882), Constant Bar (1817–1884), Emmanuel Martin (1827– 1897), Antoine Barthélemy Jean Guillemot and Henry Walter Bates (1825–1892). His immense collection, at the end of his life, contained 5 million specimens in 15,000 glass topped boxes of 50 x 39 cm. In 1916, it was the second largest private collection in the world.[2]

Upon Charle's death, his brother René Oberthür received 55,000 skipper butterflies from Charle's collection, which he later sold to the British Museum (Natural History) in 1931. The rest of the Charles's butterfly collection was sold in 1925. Specimens (mostly North Americain species) were acquired by William Barnes, and subsequently acquired by the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., in 1930 upon Barnes' death.[3] Swallowtail butterflies were acquired by David Longsdon, who's large swallowtail collection was bequeathed to the Manchester Museum in 1938 upon Longsdon’s death.[4] Other specimens were likely acquired by a number of other entomologists.


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Plate from Etudes d'Entomologie Fascicle VI 1912
 
Oberthür's tomb
  • 1879 Catalogue raisonné des Papilionidae de la Collection de Ch. Oberthür Etudes d'Entomologie, 4: 20–117.
  • Études de lépidoptérologie comparée, impr. Oberthür, In-8° et in-4°, nombreuses planches
  • Étude sur une collection de lépidoptères formée sur la côte de Malabar et à Ceylan par M. Émile Deschamps, 1889–1890, Paris, Société zoologique de France, 1892, In-8°, 16 p.
  • Supplément du Bulletin de la Société scientifique et médicale de l'Ouest
  • Faune des Lepidopteres de la Barbarie. Etudes de Lepidopterologie comparee, part 10, p. 1-459. Rennes, 1914. text online plates online.
  • Faune entomologique armoricaine. Lépidoptères (premier fascicule). Rhopalocères, avec Constant Houlbert, impr. Oberthur, 1912. In-8°, 260 p. réimprimé en 1922.
  • Considérations sur la faune lépidoptérologique d’Alsace et sur les travaux et les collections des entomologistes alsaciens depuis le XVIIIe siècle., impr. Oberthür, 1920, In-8°, 30 p.
  • Considérations sur la première question dont l'examen est proposé au congrès international de zoologie de Paris (5–10 août 1889) : "Des Règles à adopter pour la nomenclature des êtres organisés, de l'adoption d'une langue scientifique internationale", impr. Oberthür, 1889, Gr. in-8°, 7 p.

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  1. ^ Butterflies & Moths of the World – Search Catalogue
  2. ^ Chasing Butterflies for Money by J. McDunnough, in "Popular Science Monthly "number 6, vol 88, June 1916
  3. ^ Calhoun, John V. (2019). "From oak woods and swamps: the butterflies recorded in Georgia by John Abbot (1751-C.1840) based on his drawings and specimens". Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society. 73 (4): 211–256. doi:10.18473/lepi.73i4.a8. S2CID 209377147.
  4. ^ Dockery, Michael; Dmitri, Logunov (2015). "David Longsdon (1864–1937) and his collection of swallowtail butterflies (Papilionidae) at the Manchester Museum". Russian Entomological Journal. 24 (2): 155–179. doi:10.15298/rusentj.24.2.08.

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