Ouch! That's one of my very least favorites lol! Just look at his descriptions and how he will ''discover'' new species...:barf:Cândido Firmino de Mello-Leitão!!!
He has discovered some of the coolest species, and he's from one of my favorite countries (Brazil).
Platnick said about him: "one of the worst taxonomists South America ever produced." It's also kind of funny that once he "actually described a whole new family of spiders, based on what turned out to be a single male mite." On the other hand, if memory serves, he's the one who has basically established spider taxonomy in Brazil, so you have to give him that. Plus he described G. pulchra, one of my favorite species.
I think they were the ones who started using spermathecae in theraphosid taxonomy, that definitely earns them some points!Rita D. Schiapelli and Berta S. Gerschman de Pikelin
Another arachnologist that I think was truly great: Reginald Innes Pocock . An advanced zoologist of the late 19th century and early 20th century. The way he worked was innovative for the old days.
I do admire Mr. Reginald I. Pocock a lot. Between 1892 and 1903, Pocock has described over a 100 (!) tarantula species, most of which are still valid today!And what about you, Zoltan? Who is your favorite arachnologist?
I'm just gonna throw a few names out there the bearers of which are deceased and haven't already been mentioned.This thread is a cool learning opportunity. Those of you who post answers, can you please include links to some material on the person you chose so we can read up? Thanks!