Collecting localities



Biographical data


Dahl, Friedrich Otto


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


Born: 1856, Holstein, Germany. Died: 1929, Berlin, Germany.



Zoologist who took his Ph. Dr’s degree at Kiel in 1884; in 1894 Professor, before then University Lecturer, at Kiel; finally Curator of the Zoological Museum, Berlin. In 1889 he accompanied a plankton expedition in the Atlantic Ocean; in May 1896, when on a scientific tour to the Bismarck Archipelago, he settled at Ralum Estate, Blanche Bay, New Britain, to found a zoological station with the help of R. Parkinson (see there).1

Some plants were named after him.


Collecting localities:

Bismarck Archipelago.2 Departing from Genoa (March 12, 1896) to the Bismarck Archipelago, N of E. New Guinea. From his collections we derive the following dates: Credner Isl. (= Balakuwor) (Aug. 1896); in Oct. by boat to the N. coast of Gazelle Peninsula, New Britain, to Wuna Marita, ascent of volcano island Watom (= Wuatom) and volcano Nord-Tochter (Towanumbatir); Neu-Lauenburg Group (= Duke of York Isl. etc.) (Nov. 10-19) : Mioko, Duke of York Isl., Kerawara and Mualim; volcano island Raluan (Nov. and Dec.); Wuna Kokor (Varzinberg) (Febr. 1897), reaching the summit; in March 1897 visiting the volcano island Raluan again, along the N. coast of Gazelle Peninsula, New Britain, and from Wuna Marita making a tour in the Baining Mts. He returned to Kiel by way of former Kaiser- Wilhelmsland (= NE. New Guinea).



Herb. Berl. [B]: 329 nos of siphonogams from the Bismarck Archipelago.3



(1) cf. Nachr. Kais. Wilh. Land 12, 1896, p. 50-51.

(2) Fr.O. Dahl: ‘Eine Reise nach der Südsee’ (Deutsch. Kolon. Zeit. Berl. N.F. 11, 1898, p.98-99); ‘Das Leben der Vogel auf den Bismarck-Inseln nach eigenen Beobachtungen vergleichend dargestellt’ (Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berl. 1, 1899, p. 107-122); ‘Blumenbesuchende Vögel des Bismarck-Archipels’ (Sitz. Ber. Ges. Naturf. Freunde Berl. 1900, p. 106) (non vidi); for the many zoological papers, cf. Wichmann, Entd. Gesch. N.G., in Nova Guinea 22, p. 648, footnote 5.

(3) K. Schumann: ‘Plantae Dahlianae’ (Notizbl. Berl. Dahl. l, 1897, p. 206-209); ‘Flora von Neu Pommern’ (l.c. 2, 1898, p. 59-158).

Araceae and Fungi, respectively by A. Engler and P. Hennings in Engl. Bot. Jahrb. 25, 1898. Schumann & Lauterbach in ‘Flora d. Deutsch. Schutzgeb. etc.’ (Leipzig 1901) and in ‘Nachträge’ (1905).

References dealing with the zoological results, cf. Wichmann, Entd. Gesch. N.G., in Nova Guinea 22, p. 648-649, footnote 7.


biographical data:

Who’s who 1913; Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berl. 15, 1930, p. 625-632; BACKER, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936.