New South African trap-door spiders of the family Ctenizidae in the collection of the South African Museum

William Frederick Purcell , 1902

About the Author

William Frederick Purcell

William Frederick Purcell

Dr William Frederick Purcell (1866-1919) a zoologist who joined the South African Museum in 1896 who received his D.Phil in Berlin in 1895 was also an unsuccessful applicant for the Directorship of the South African Museum in 1895 but accepted an appointment as "First Assistant" in 1896.

His father was an Irishman who settled in South Africa and his mother belonged to the Hertzog family. Although he was born in England and partly educated in Germany, Purcell's background was completely South African, and he is rightly regarded as one of the earliest South African scientists. The subject of his doctoral thesis was the Arachnida, and most of his collecting and research dealt with this group in which he was a pioneer in South Africa.

Species mentioned

Harpactira cafreriana

Harpactira cafreriana (Walckenaer, 1837)

South Africa
Harpactira dictator

Harpactira dictator Purcell, 1902

South Africa
Harpactirella karrooica

Harpactirella karrooica Purcell, 1902

South Africa
Harpactirella lightfooti

Harpactirella lightfooti Purcell, 1902

South Africa

Harpactirella longipes Purcell, 1902

South Africa
Harpactira marksi

Harpactira marksi Purcell, 1902

South Africa
Harpactira namaquensis

Harpactira namaquensis Purcell, 1902

Namibia, South Africa
Harpactirella treleaveni

Harpactirella treleaveni Purcell, 1902

South Africa

Ceratogyrus pillansi (Purcell, 1902)

Zimbabwe, Mozambique
Idiothele nigrofulva

Idiothele nigrofulva (Pocock, 1898)

Southern Africa
Ceratogyrus darlingi

Ceratogyrus darlingi Pocock, 1897

South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique