Ludwig Carl Christian Koch

Ludwig Carl Christian Koch
Born 8 November 1825
Regensburg, Germany
Died 1 November 1908 (1908-12) (aged 82)
Nuremberg, Germany
Nationality German
Fields Entomology and arachnology
Author abbrev. (zoology) L.Koch

Ludwig Carl Christian Koch (8 November 1825 – 1 November 1908) was a German entomologist and arachnologist.

He was born in Regensburg, Germany and died in Nuremberg, Germany. He studied in Nuremberg, initially law, but then turned to medicine and science. From 1850 he practiced as a physician in the Wöhrd district of Nuremberg.

He is considered among the four most influential scientists on insects and spiders in the second half of the 19th century. He wrote numerous works on the arachinoids of Europe, Siberia, and Australia. His work earned him worldwide reputation as "Spider Koch".[1]

Sometimes confused with his father Carl Ludwig Koch (1778–1857), another famous arachnologist. His name is abbreviated L.Koch on species descriptions; his father's name is abbreviated C.L.Koch [2]


Die Arachniden Australiens (1871-1883), his major work on Australian spiders, completed by Eugen von Keyserling due to the onset of blindness (Worldcat)


This article is partly based on the German Wikipdedia (Jan 1st, 2009)

  1. Mayer, Lothar (2000), "Koch, Carl Ludwig Christian, Dr. med.", in Diefenbacher, Michael; Endres, Rudolf, Stadtlexikon Nürnberg, Nürnberg: W. Tümmels Verlag, ISBN 3-921590-69-8
  2. Pierre Bonnet. Bibliographia araneorum, (1945) Les frères Doularoude (Toulouse).

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