Frank Fortescue Laidlaw

Frank Fortescue Laidlaw (1876–1963) was a British biologist, working particularly in the fields of entomology, herpetology, and malacology.[1]


Laidlaw named a number of species of snails, including:

Earlier in his career he studied dragonflies, the Odonata, identifying a number of new species, and being himself recorded in names such as Epiophlebia laidlawi Tillyard, 1921 and Burmagomphus laidlawi Fraser,1924.

He described two new species of snakes: Hebius inas and Kolpophis annandalei.[2]


  • Laidlaw FF (1901). "List of a Collection of Snakes, Crocodiles, and Chelonians from the Malay Peninsula, made by Members of the “Skeat Expedition,” 1899–1900". Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1901 (2): 575-583 + Plate XXXV.
  • Laidlaw FF (1915). "Contributions to a study of the dragonfly fauna of Borneo - Part III". Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1915: 25-39.
  • Laidlaw FF (1931). "On a new sub-family Dyakiinae of the Zonitidae". Proceedings of the Malacological Society of London 19: 190-201. abstract.
  • Laidlaw FF (1932). "Notes on Ariophantidæ from the Malay Peninsula, with descriptions of new genera". Proc. Malacological Soc. London 20: 80-94.
  • Laidlaw FF (1934). "A note on the dragonfly fauna of (Odonata) of Mount Kinabalu and some other mountain areas of Malaysia, with a description of some new or little known species". Journal of the Federated Malay States Museums 17 (3), 549-561.


  1. Pinhey, E. (1983). "Frank Fortescue Laidlaw (1876-1963)". Odonatologica. 12 (4): 315–330. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  2. "Laidlaw". The Reptile Database.
  • 2400 years of Malacology at:

Further reading

  • Dance SP (1964). "Obituary. Frank Fortescue Laidlaw, 1876-1963". Journal of Conchology 25 (7): 288-291 + Plate 19. HTM
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