Bredin-Archbold-Smithsonian Biological Survey of Dominica

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The Bredin-Archbold-Smithsonian Biological Survey of Dominica was a joint effort of J. Bruce Bredin, John D. Archbold, and the Smithsonian to examine the insects and vegetation of Dominica, between 1960-1965. Studied locations include Layou River, Fond Figues River, Grand Savanna, Portsmouth, Grand Bay, Fresh Water Lake, South Chiltern Estate, Central Forest Reserve, and Scotts Head. Participants include Wallace Roy Ernst, botanist with the US National Museum. Members of the museum staff who participated most actively in the Bredin-Archbold Survey include J. F. G. and Thelma Clarke, R. J. Gagne, A. B. Gurney, P. J. Spangler, G. C. Steyskal, and especially W. W. Wirth. Fewer specimens have been taken by D. M. Anderson, R. T. Bell, D. F. Bray, D. R. Davis, O. S. Flint, and D. L Jackson. F. Chalumeau, Yves Cambefort, Y. Gysin, and Chester Roys also took part in the survey, collecting beetles. Most insects were collected during the period of May 1964 through October 1966. The collecting also included invertebrates.


  • Froeschner, Richard C. (1968). Lace bugs collected during the Bredin-Archibold-Smithsonian Biological Survey of Dominica, B.W.I. (Hempiptera:Tingidae). The Great Basin Naturalist, 28 (4), 161-171. Retrieved from
  • Cartwright, O. L., & Chalumeau, F. E. (1978). The Superfamily Scarabaeoidea (Coleoptera): Bredin-Archbold-Smithsonian biological survey of Dominica. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press.

Date Range

1960 - 1965


  • Entomology
  • Plants
  • Botany


  • Grand Savanna
  • Grand Bay
  • Fond Figues River
  • Scotts Head
  • Layou River
  • Central Forest Reserve
  • Portsmouth
  • Fresh Water Lake
  • Dominica


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