Gene Hall Eugene.Hall at COLORADO.EDU
Tue Jun 4 14:01:31 CDT 2002


'Scriba' is listed as the author of numerous insects, including beetles, in
the 1700s. Maybe the same name?


>Dear Taxacomers,
>I've got a number of beetle specimens from the Forschungsinstitut
>Senckenberg (SMFD) in Frankfurt that have the term 'Scriba' on their labels:
>Ostreich Scriba
>Babenbau- sen, Scriba
>Hassia, Scriba
>Oberlais Scriba
>Calvados Scriba
>Hessen Scriba
>Hildesheim Scriba
>Stuttgart Scriba
>Wimpfen, Scriba
>Ungarn Scriba
>I've determined that Scriba means 'scribe' in latin (public? scribe). Does
>anyone know why it is on all these labels? They lack dates but appear to be
>all from the late 1800s and early 1900s. One possibility is that the labels
>were written/printed by a 'scribe' hired by the collector/curator? Or
>perhaps this is a collector's name?
>Derek Sikes
>Derek Sikes
>Dept. of Ecology and Evol. Biology U-43
>University of Connecticut
>Storrs, CT 06269  USA
>FAX: 860-486-6364
>dss95002 at
>"Remember that Truth alone is the matter you are in Search after; and if you
>have been mistaken, let no Vanity reduce you to persist in your mistake."
>Henry Baker, London, 1785

Gene Hall
Collections Manager
Invertebrate Zoology & Paleontology
CU Museum of Natural History
UCB 265
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309-0265
PH: 303-735-5262  FAX: 303-735-2274

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