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Carl-Friedrich Roewer
Roewer from OmniPaper.




Germany, Neustrelitz, Mecklenburg.

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Carl-Friedrich Roewer was a German arachnologist (12 October 1881, Neustrelitz, Mecklenburg - 17 June 1963), responsible for numerous species descriptions and nomenclatorial acts. The most prolific author ever in the history of Opiliones, his works span a period from 1910 to 1963. Being so prolific, he could afford being repetitive, creating long series of unmemorable generic names. See the article Generic names by Roewer.

Notable contributions[]

Roewer created many family-group names still in use today such as Cranaidae, Manaosbiidae and Podoctidae, although most of them now have entirely different circumscriptions. <br\> Among many other works, he published "Die Weberknechte der Erde" (1923), a manual containing all known species of harvestmen at the time, as well as several addenda.

Species list by source[]

  • Roewer1911a: Note XX. Niederländisch-Indische Opiliones (Gagrellini) des Leidener Museums. Notes from the Leyden Museum, Leyden, 33, 249–260.
  • Roewer1911b: Opiliones aus Britisch Indien und Sarawak. Archiv für Naturgeschichte, Berlin, Abt. A, Original-Arbeiten, 77(2), 160-188.
  • Roewer1929d: Spolia Mentawiensia. Opiliones. Bulletin of the Raffles Museum, Singapore, 2, 134–136.

External resources[]

OmniPaper Article on Roewer, including opilio-publication list [1]