Raffaello Gestro is one of the
most important Italian coleopterists. He was Deputy Director
and then Director of the Museo Civico di Storia Naturale of
Genova and was also President of the Societa Entomologica Italiana.
Gestro published 147 papers about the taxonomy of Coleoptera
(54 of them about Hispine leaf beetles ) and described 936 new
species, mostly on the basis of material collected in Africa,
Asia, and Oceania by Italian explorers and collectors such as
Beccari, Bottego, DíAlbertis, Fea, Modigliani, and Raap. He
described several species of Scarabaeoidea, mainly belonging
to the Lucanidae, Ceratocanthidae, and Scarabaeidae (Scarabaeinae,
Cetoniinae, Dynastinae, and Rutelinae).
Conci C. and R. Poggi. 1996. Iconography of Italian Entomologists,
with essential biographical data. Memoria della Societa Entomologica
Italiana 75: 159-382.
Information provided by Alberto Ballerio.