Collecting localities



Biographical data


Bergman, Sten


(Source: Flora Malesiana ser. 1, 5: Cyclopaedia of collectors, Supplement I)

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


Born: 1895, Ransäter, Prov. of Värmland, Sweden.



Studied at the University of Stockholm, taking his Ph.D. in 1952. He made scientific expeditions to Kamchatka (1920-22), Kurile Islands (1929-30), Korea (1935-36), and West New Guinea (1948-49, 1952-53).3 His main interest is ornithology.

He conducted the Swedish-Netherlands expedition to West New Guinea and some neighbouring islands, assisted by Sjöqvist (itinerary see below).


Collecting localities:1 

1948. Arrival at Sorong, W of New Guinea (July 22); July 29 with Lieftinck, Sjöqvist, and Lundqvist for a 5-day tour by motor-boat, visiting the coasts of Waigeoe and Salawatti; in the first half of Aug. exploring E and SE of Sorong; by flying-boat (Aug. 17) to Klamono, c. 50 km SE of Sorong, staying till the 25th; Sept. 15 to Majalibit Bay, S. Waigeoe, making base camp in Beeuw (small islet; = Beo); mid-Oct. returning to Sorong via Saonek; subsequently exploring SE of Sorong (Mooi region). 3Leaving Sorong (Dec. 3) by boat to P. Adi on the S. coast of New Guinea by way of Fak-Fak, exploring the islet and the opposite mainland near Kambala; returning via Fak-Fak, Kokas, and Inanwatan to Sorong; returning to Inanwatan (leaving Sorong Feb. 5, 1949) for a trip into the interior: by canoe to kp. Bahru; Atinjoe, from where (15) to Susemok, Fanatof, Aifat River, Kotjewir, and returning to Atinjoe (leaving Mar. 9), Aimaroe (lakes), Teminaboean, Konda, and return to Sorong; leaving (Apr. 12) to Jeflio, S of Sorong (staying about a month); Sorong; via Solol (Salawati) to Batanta I., Wailibit; Sorong, leaving June 30 by boat to Manokwari; Ransiki and trip into the interior (starting July 13):4 Anggi Lakes (Anggi Gita), Tombrok, from there (21) to Anggi Gigi (Serorei), and back to Tombrok and October bivouac (1500 m); return to Ransiki, by boat to Wandammen and Miei, Manokwari and Sorong (arriving Oct. 4); to Batanta I. (staying l week); Sorong, leaving (Nov. 2) for Macassar; by K.P.M. steamer via Bali to Java, short visit to Batavia and Buitenzorg; Singapore and sailing for Göteborg (arriving Jan. 15, 1950).



From 1948, most plants collected by Pleyte (see there) c.s. A small collection was made by himself2 mostly on Mt Tombrok, situated on the western side of Lake Anggi Gita near Arfak Mts in the Vogelkop; in Herb. State Mus. Stockholm [S]; phanerogams identified by Dr van Steenis in Jan. 1952. No botanical collections made in 1952-53.



(1) Cf. Chron. Nat. 105, 1949, p. 31. Sketch map showing localities visited in 1948-49, in Ark. f. Zool. 8, no 2, 1955.

(2) E.B. Bartram: ‘Mosses of Northwest (Dutch) New Guinea collected by Dr Sten Bergman’ (Svensk Bot. Tidskr. 45, 1951, p. 603-607).

(3) St. Bergman: ‘Wilde and Paradiesvögel. Eine Forschungsreise nach Neuguinea’ (Wiesbaden 1952). Transl. from ‘Vildar och Paradisfåglar’ (Stockholm 1950; with route map); ‘Paradiesische Insel. Urwaldtiere and Steinzeitmenschen in Neuguinea’ (Wiesbaden 1956, with map); ‘Through primitive New Guinea’ (London 1957); ‘Mein Vater der Kannibale’ (Wiesbaden 1961, with map, transl. from Swedish).

(4) For annotations on the route in the Arfak MIS See W. Vink in Nova Guinea, Bot. 22, 1965, p. 489.


biographical data:

Portr. in ‘Vildar och Paradisfåglar’ l.c., following p. 192 and 256.