Father of Acarology

In Acarology, Latreille was interested by classification and higher taxa categories. He described a lot of Hydrachnellae, genera and species of all Eylais. He Devoted himself to natural history, specialised on terrestrial arthropods and discovered and described a lot of New Species, especially mites. In Acarology, his contribution was modest as he described only a species species of Ixodes. Because it was difficult to identify Because it was difficult to identify flies especially the flies especially the Cyclorrhapha Cyclorrhapha – – Calyptratae Calyptratae, the existing descriptions , the existing descriptions of which were poor, and because he of which were poor, and because he had only very few contacts many of had only very few contacts many of the new species of the new species of Diptera Diptera he described were already named. Very many of his generic generic and species species names survive, especially in the names survive, especially in the Cyclorrhapha Cyclorrhapha, his myopaires myopaires. He introduced considerations on evolution, mainly the importance of regressive evolution, the new ideas as the Hennig’s vision of systematics, taxonomy & evolution of invertebrates. Bright, intelligent, strong will Bright, intelligent, strong will -power, enormous perseverance, intensive hard enormous perseverance, intensive hard worker, innate sense of perfection, mental worker, innate sense of perfection, mental flexibility and adaptability sense of humour flexibility and adaptability sense of humour apparently cold for the first contact but apparently cold for the first contact but warm and with high human qualities and a warm and with high human qualities and a huge dose of humility huge dose of humility …he was a real Savan he was a real Savant.

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