This Day in History: 1778-01-01

French naturalist and artist Charles Alexandre Lesueur was born on this day. A member of the 1800 – 1803 Baudin expedition to map the coast of Australia. Although holding the position of artist (natural history), as the scientific crew was depleted through death and illness he took over the duties of naturalist assisting zoologist François Péron, together they collected more than 100,000 zoological specimens.

Lesueur described 325 taxa of aquatic animals and is honoured in the names of a further 70 taxa.