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Biographical entry McArthur, Archibald John (Archie) (1922 - 2016)


Millicent, South Australia, Australia
28 August 2016
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Entomologist and Farmer


Archie McArthur was a self-taught and skilled taxonomist who became a world expert in the ant genus Camponotus, ecologically one of the most diverse groups of ants. His interest was sparked when, during 40 years of farming, he noticed ants as pioneer species once the devastating rabbits had been eliminated. Identifying the ants became a consuming interest. McArthur published a number of identification keys and papers, including studies of revegetation caused by distribution of acacia seeds by ants. He created a web site of as-yet unnamed all Campanotus species together with photographs and other identification details. McArthur was a Member of the Royal Society of South Australia for 52 years, serving in various executive roles.



1990 - 1994
Career position - Volunteer, Entomology Section, South Australian Museum
1992 - 1996
Career position - Minute Secretary, Royal Society of South Australia
1994 - 2016?
Career position - Honorary Research Associate, South Australian Museum
1997 - 2008
Career position - Membership Secretary, Royal Society of South Australia
Award - Nature Conservation Award, Field Naturalists Society of South Australia
Award - Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to entomology and to the environment through the collection and study of ants, and to the community, particularly through the National Parks Consultative Committee for the Lower South East Area, South Australia
2008 - 2012
Career position - Member of Council, Royal Society of South Australia

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Simpson, Mary Louise, 'Archibald John McArthur, OAM, (1922 - 2016)', Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia, vol. 141, no. 1, 2017, pp. 83-5. Details

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