Lipke Holthuis

Lipke Bijdeley Holthuis (21 April 1921 – 7 March 2008)[1] was a Dutch carcinologist, considered one of the "undisputed greats" of carcinology,[2] and "the greatest carcinologist of our time".[3]

Lipke Holthuis
Holthuis (2006)
Born(1921-04-21)21 April 1921
Died7 March 2008(2008-03-07) (aged 86)
Alma materLeiden University
Scientific career
InstitutionsRijksmuseum van Natuurlijke Historie

Holthuis was born in Probolinggo, East Java and obtained his doctorate from Leiden University on 23 January 1946.[1] He was appointed the assistant curator of the Rijksmuseum van Natuurlijke Historie (now Naturalis) in Leiden in 1941. He was the most prolific carcinologist of the 20th century, publishing 620 papers (108 of which were in the Leiden Museum Journals) totalling 12,795 pages which is an average of 185 pages per year and an average of approximately 21 pages per paper. These were published on many groups of crustaceans, their natural history and nomenclature, and the history of carcinology.[4][5][6] This steady stream of publications resulted in the description of 428 new taxa: 2 new families, 5 subfamilies, 83 genera and 338 species. 67 taxa were named after him between 1953 (Hippolyte holthuisi) and 2009 (Caridina holthuisi, Lysmata holthuisi). However, in Fransen, C.H.J.M., De Grave, S., Ng, P.K.L. 2010,[7] an additional 50 taxa were named after him.

In 1972 Holthuis received an honorary doctorate from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).[8]

Publication on HolthuisEdit

  • (in Dutch) Alex Alsemgeest & Charles Fransen [et al.]: In krabbengang door kreeftenboeken. De Bibliotheca Carcinologica L.B. Holthuis. Leiden, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, 2016. ISBN 978-90-6519-013-0

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Charles H. J. M. Fransen & Martien J. P. van Oijen (2008). "L. B. Holthuis, 'The institutional Memory' of the Leiden Museum - Obituary". Contributions to Zoology. 77 (3): 201–204. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2009.
  2. ^ Peter K. L. Ng (16 June 2000). "Development and future direction of biodiversity collections in Southeast Asia". Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research. Archived from the original (DOC) on 13 February 2007.
  3. ^ Chien-Hui Yang, I-Shiung Chen & Tin-Yam Chan (2008). "A new slipper lobster of the genus Petrarctus (Crustacea: Decapoda: Scyllaridae) from the West Pacific" (PDF). Raffles Bulletin of Zoology. Suppl. 19: 71–81. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 June 2011.
  4. ^ Neil Cumberlidge & Sadie K. Reed (1 July 2003). "Scientists who have contributed to our knowledge of freshwater crab biology". Northern Michigan University. Archived from the original on 1 December 2005.
  5. ^ Hans G. Hansson (14 November 1997). "Biographical Etymology of Marine Organisms – H". Tjärnö Marine Biological Laboratory. Archived from the original on 17 July 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2005.
  6. ^ Gerlof Leistra (5 April 2008). Keizer van de kreeftachtigen. Elsevier magazine. p. 101.
  7. ^ Fransen, C.H.J.M.; De Grave, S.; Ng, P.K.L. (2010). "In Memoriam Lipke Bijdeley Holthuis". In Fransen, C.H.J.M.; De Grave, S.; Ng, P.K.L. (eds.). Studies on Malacostraca: Lipke Bijdeley Holthuis Memorial Volume. Crustaceana Monographs, 14. Leiden: Brill. ISBN 9789004174290.
  8. ^ "Honorary Doctors". Retrieved 6 August 2019.

External linksEdit

  • A selection of articles published by L.B. Holthuis for the Leiden Museum [1]