Collecting localities



Biographical data


Loria, Lamberto


(Source: Flora Malesiana ser. 1, 1: Cyclopaedia of collectors)

(Source: Flora Malesiana ser. 1, 8: Cyclopaedia of collectors, Supplement II)


Born: 1855, Alexandria, Egypt. Died: 1913, Rome, Italy.



Explorer-ethnographer who brought together extensive zoological, anthropological, and ethnological collections in New Guinea.1 In 1906 he founded the Italian Ethnographical Museum at Florence, in 1910 the Italian Ethnographical Society and in 1912 the periodical ‘Lares’.

Some plants were named after him.


Collecting localities:

SE. New Guinea, Papua. Sailing from Genoa (end 1888) with his assistant Giulianetti (see there) ; staying some days in P. Penang; via Thursday Island to Port Moresby (June 10, 1889); by cutter (July 3) to Kapa-Kapa (4); on foot to Rigo Station, collecting in the neighbourhood, as well as in that of Saroa; Port Moresby; Rigo (Aug. 3-6); embarking (7) for Beagle Bay (8); visiting Trupara, Papaka, Kamali and Kalo (25); on foot to Kerepunu (30); by cutter to Aroma; Suau (Sept.); sailing for Cooktown in Australia (Oct.); sailing (Nov. 20) for Samarai, proceeding (Dec. 16) to Porlock Bay; Lina Bay (Jan. 1, 1890), being seriously incommoded by the natives;2 Fergusson and Goodenough Island (Jan. 13-18); Milne Bay (Jan. 26); Fergusson Isl.; Trobriand Isls and Woodlark; Samarai; to Cooktown (Apr.); sailing for Italy in November.3-2nd Voyage with Giulianetti.4 Thursday Isl. (May 14, 1891); Port Moresby; Kapa-Kapa (probably as early as May 27); Lakumi (Sept. 7-19); Ugibago, Mt Obree; neighbourhood of St Joseph River (Nov.-Dec.); S. side of Astrolabe Range (Febr. 18, 1892); Meroka (July 1-Oct. 31). The localities mentioned by himself are the following: basins of Kemp Welch River, St Joseph River, Purari River, and on the plateau N of the Astrolabe Range.5-1894. For a longer stay on Kwato Isl. near Samarai; occasionally visiting Logia (Heath Isl.)6 and Dobu Isl. (end of the year).-1895. Longer stay in Kwato Isl.-1896. Back at Sydney (Sept. 10), and sailing for Italy.7



Herb. Berl. [B]: principally orchids, with Herb. Schlechter (pres. 1913), collected with Giulianetti. He collected Algae8 and Musci9 too; some of the latter in Herb. Deless. (Geneva [G]) (pres. 1898).



(1) Many ornithological and entomological papers, based on his collections, are cited in Wichmann, Entd. Gesch. N.G., in Nova Guinea 22, p. 528. His entomological collections are preserved in the Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Genova.

(2) Evidently not without reason. According to Wichmann he opened graves and pillaged whole villages. From some islands he brought 4-500 skulls. Governor Sir W. MacGregor laid an embargo on the robbed objects, and that time left it at that.

(3) cf. G. Doria in Boll. Soc. Geogr. Ital. 27, 1890, p. 479-492, 559-586 and l.c. 34, 1897, p. 156-157 and G. Cora in Cosmos 10, 1889-91, p. 155 seq.).

(4) Data partly derived from his collections; they do not agree and are given with all reserve.

(5) cf. Boll. Soc. Geogr. Ital. 29, 1892, p. 50-51 and l.c. 34, 1897, p. 156-161.

(6) L. Loria: ‘Notes on the ancient war customs of the natives of Logea and neighbourhood’ (Ann. Rep. Br. N.G. for 1894/95, p. 39-43).

(7) cf. Peterm. Mitt. 1896, p. 267 and Verb. Ges. Erdk. Berl. 23, 1896, p. 513.

(8) Algae by Borzi in Nuova Notarisia 1892.

(9) Mosses by V.F. Brotherus in Öfk. Finska Vet. Soc. Förh. 42, 1899/1900, p. 91-128.


biographical data:

Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936.