Rouyer, Henri


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



Made a voyage to the D.E.I. in 1901-02, leaving Marseilles in December 1900. He planned to study the geography, natural history, and ethnography of the more important islands of the Malay Archipelago. Of his itinerary only some data are known; he evidently visited Buitenzorg,1 and touched at Fak Fak in W. New Guinea as single passenger on board a mail-boat. In his imagination the latter visit took fantastic proportions, and the world was surprised by a French newspaper relating the story that Rouyer and his expedition (sic!) had been the victims of a fiendish attack of the natives when they landed on the south coast of New Guinea!2 In February 1902 he was back at Marseilles again. Some years later he settled as collector in the Padang Highlands, West Sumatra, offering entomological collections for sale. In that period he must have collected Cibotium sumatranum H. Christ on Linggalang (= rightly Singgalang) Volcano (1905), material of which is preserved in Herb. Zürich [Z].3 According to Horn & Kahle he was settled as insect dealer at Malang till 1906.4



(1) cf. Tijdschr. K.N.A.G. 1903, p. 131.

(2) cf. Wichmann, Entd. Gesch. N.G. in Nova Guinea 2 2, p. 790.

(3) cf. Christ in Philip. Journ. Sci. C. Bot. 2, 1907, p. 118.

(4) cf. Entomol. Beih. II-IV, Berl. Dahl. 1935-37, p. 232.