Hans KAURI - papers on Opiliones

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Birthdate: 30 May 1906

Birthplace: Soova, Konguta v Puhja kk, Tartumaa, Estonia

Died: January 30, 1999 in Stockholm, Sweden

JUBILEE: 80th Birthday issue: Sæther, O. A. 1986. Prof.fil.dr.Hans Kauri 80. Rahvuslik Kontakt, 2 (110): 29-35.

BIOGRAPHY: He was born in Estonia on May 30 1906. Son of Jaan Kauri and Katariina Kauri (Mühlberg). He took his master-degree on Odonata in Estonia and had a completed doctoral thesis on the arachnoids of Oesel, a marshy, well-wooded island at the mouth of the Gulf of Riga, when he had to escape from Estonia in 1944.

At the Institute of Zoology, University of Lund, Sweden, he first was museum assistant and after his Ph.D dissertation in 1959 (Die Rassenbildung bei europäischen Rana-Arten und die Gültigkeit der Klimaregeln) he became docent (associate professor).

He became professor of Zoology at the Museum of Zoology, University of Bergen, Norway, in 1963 and retired in 1976.

In addition to Opiliones he worked on other arachnoids, odonates, tabanids and Amphibia. He initiated a larger program under the International Biological Program investigating the fauna of Hardangervidda, the mountain plane covering large part of southern Norway. This program was from 1969-1974. Some of the results are published in a series "Fauna of the Hardangervidda" with Kauri as the first editor. He continued working at the museum until a year before his death in 1999.


Articles on Hans Kauri:

Norwegian Wikipedia

Eesti Entsüklopeedia


  • James C. Cokendolpher (contributed picture of older H. Kauri).
  • Eesti Entsüklopeedia (provided picture of younger H. Kauri)
  • Ricardo Pinto-da-Rocha (contributed PDFs - 1954, 1961).
  • Axel Schönhofer (contributed PDFs 1950, 1963, 1966a-b, 1977, 1980, 1985).
  • Ole A. Sæther (contributed biographical sketch, which was later augmented).


Hans Kauri
DISCLAIMER — This resource was first intended as for private use of the members of the arachnology lab of Museu Nacional, but later we thought "why not to share this with the world?". Eventually if greedy lawyers (redundance...) start to bother us with copyright matters, etc, we may have to be forced to quit the project and keep this just to ourselves.
Kauri, H. (1950) On some South African spiders and harvest-spiders. Kungliga Fysiografiska Sällskapets i Lund förhandlingar [= Proceedings of the Royal Physiographic Society of Lund], Lund, 20(6), 64–79, 11 figs.
Kauri, H. (1954) Report from Professor T. Gislén's expedition to Australia in 1951–1952. 9. Harvest-spiders from S. W. Australia. Lunds Universitets Årsskrift, N.F. Avd 50(11)[Kungl. Fysiografiska sållskapets Handlingar, N.F. 65(11)], 3–10.
Kauri, H. (1961) Opiliones. In: Hanström, B., Brinck, P. & Rudebeck, G. (Eds.), South African animal life. Results of the Lund University Expedition in 1950-1951. Vol. 8. Almquist & Wiksell, Uppsala, pp. 9–197.
Kauri, H. (1963) Harvestmen (Opiliones) from the Azores. Boletim do Museu Municipal do Funchal, Funchal, Madeira, 17(58), 10–18.
Kauri, H. (1966a) Ekologiska faktorer och kroppsformen hos Opiliones [Ecological factors and body shape of Opiliones]. Norsk Entomologisk Tidsskrift, Oslo, 13(3), 261–264 (in Norwegian).
Kauri, H. (1966b) En kolleksjon av Araeneae [sic] og Opiliones fra Sogn. Norsk Entomologisk Tidsskrift, Oslo, 13(3), 394–395 (in Norwegian).
Kauri, H. (1977) Mire invertebrate fauna at Eidskog, Norway. VII. Opiliones. Norwegian journal of entomology, Oslo, 24(2), 111–112.
Kauri, H. (1980) Terrestrial invertebrates of the Faroe Islands: II. Harvest-spiders. Fauna norvegica, (B), 27(1–2), 72–75.
Kauri, H. (1985) Opiliones from Central Africa. Annalen Zoologische Wetenschappen, Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale (Tervuren),(Sci. zool.), 245, 1–168.
Kauri, H. (1989) External ultrastructure of sensory organs in the subfamily lrumuinae (Arachnida, Opiliones, Assamiidae). Zoologica Scripta, 18(2), 289–294.


Page created Copyright © 2006-2017 by Adriano B. Kury.
Picture of H. Kauri courtesy of James C. Cokendolpher.
Biographical sketch courtesy of Ole A. Sæther.