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Biographical entry Theischinger, Günther (1940 - )

21 February 1940
Linz, Austria


Günther Theischinger was Curator of Invertebrates at Oberösterreisches Landmuseum in Linz, Austria, before coming to Australia. He worked in private industry for nearly 20 years before being offered opportunity to curate the aquatic insect specimens held by the CSIRO Division of Entomology. In addition he identified aquatic macroinvertebrates for the New South Wales Environmental Protection Authority. In the 1960s he collaborated with John Watson on the description of Australia's dragonflies (Odonata), studying their taxonomy, morphology, larval biology and potential role as biological indicators. Theischinger is a Research Associate of the Australian Museum and a Visiting Fellow of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. He has widely published on Odonata, Plectoptera, Megaloptera and Tipulidae.

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Journal Articles

  • Endersby, Ian, 'Watson and Theischinger: the Etymology of the Dragonfly (Insecta: Odonata) Names Which They Published', Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, vol. 145, no. 443/4, 2012, pp. 34-53. Details

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