Lindolpho Rocha Guimarães

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Lindolpho Rocha
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courtesy of M. P. Valim, PDF


Pedro Marcos Linardi in Flea News 58(2): 678-679, 1999.

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Lindolpho Guimarães was born on 24 January 1908, in Itapira, São Paulo State, Brazil, and died, 7 November 1998, at the age of 90, of natural causes at his home in São Paulo City. Mr. Guimarães was self-taught in the study of ectoparasites. Upon completing his secondary education he entered the Department of Parasitology of the Faculty of Medicine of São Paulo as a laboratory technician. From 1939 to 1946 he served as an assistant entomologist in the Department of Zoology of the Agricultural Secretariat of São Paulo State. He was promoted to Biologist in this department in 1946, and was its Director from 1959 to 1962. Following the incorporation of the Department of Zoology by the University of São Paulo in 1964 he remained fully active in its Museum of Zoology until a ripe old age, recently collaboration on a book on Brazilian fleas to be published shortly. Lindolpho was a specialist in ectoparasitic insects, mainly Siphonaptera and Mallophaga of birds. He authored or co-authored 78 publications. He described new species in several different groups of ectoparasites including fleas, biting and sucking lice, nycteribiid and streblid flies. As a flea taxonomist, he organized one of the most representative Latin American collections of fleas now deposited in the Museum of Zoology at the University of São Paulo. Several ectoparasites taxa bear his name:

Nycteribiidae (Insecta: Diptera): Guimaraesia Schuurmans — Stekloven Jr, 1956 Mallophaga (Insecta: Phthiraptera): Gliricola lindolphoi Werneck, 1942 Microtenia guimaraesi Carriker, 1945 Columbicola guimaraesi Tendeiro, 1962 Vernoniella guimaraesi Thompson, 1948 Laelaptidae (Acari: Gamasida): Atricholaelaps guimaraesi Fonseca, 1957 Streblidae (Insecta: Diptera): Mastoptera guimaraesi Wenzel, 1966 Siphonaptera (Insecta): Polygenis guimaraesi Linardi, 1978.

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