Shintaro Hirase Facts

Shintaro Hirase Facts
ShintarĊ Hirase (February 28, 1884 to September 9, 1939) was a Japanese malacologist. He and his father, Yoichiro Hirase, assembled the world's largest collection of mollusks but only 5000 specimens remain.
Interesting Shintaro Hirase Facts:
Shintaro Hirase was born on the Awaji Island in Japan.
He became a professor of zoology at Seikei College.
Part of the original collection of mollusk specimens was stored at the Research Institute for Natural Resources in Tokyo and in Hirase's home.
Both of those were destroyed by incendiary bombs during World War II.
After 1948 was remainder of the collection was moved to the new Research Institute for Natural Resources.
He made several contributions to taxonomy and in 1927 he described Oscanius testudinarius Hirase.
In 1936 he described Babylonia pallida Hirase and Berthella gotoi Hirase.
He wrote a review of scaphopods for the Journal of Conchology.
In 1934 he published A collection of Japanese shells with illustrations in natural colours.


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