Ludwig Carl Christian Koch

Ludwig Carl Christian Koch

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Ludwig Carl Christian Koch (November 8, 1825 – November 1, 1908) was a German entomologist and arachnologist.

He was born in Regensburg, Germany and died in Nuremberg, Germany. He studied in Nuremberg, initially law, but then turned to medicine and science. From 1850 he practiced as a physician in the Wöhrd district of Nuremberg.

He is considered among the four most influential scientists on insects and spiders in the second half of the 19th century. He wrote numerous works on the arachinoids of Europe, Siberia, and Australia. His work earned him world-wide reputation as "Spider Koch".

Do not confuse with his father Carl Ludwig Koch (1778–1857), another famous arachnologist. His name is abbreviated L.Koch on species descriptions; his father's name is abbreviated C.L.Koch Pierre Bonnet. Bibliographia araneorum, (1945) Les frères Doularoude (Toulouse).


Die Arachniden Australiens (1871-1883), his major work on Australian spiders, completed by Eugen von Keyserling due to the onset of blindness ()

<gallery>Image:Cosmophasis.micarioides.l.koch.jpg|Cosmophasis micarioides L. Koch (drawn by L. Koch 1880)Image:Rhombonotus.gracilis.png|Rhombonotus gracilis (drawn by L. Koch, 1877)</gallery>


This article is partly based on the German Wikipdedia (Jan 1st, 2009)

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