This Day in History: 1779-02-14

James Cook was killed on this day. A British naval officer, explorer, and navigator; famous for his 3 voyages of exploration. Amongst his many achievements he is significant for being one of the first modern scientific navigators and for including naturalists in his crew to document newly discovered flora and fauna. He died, along with four of his marines in an altercation with a group of Hawaiians at Kealakekua Bay.

It is difficult to determine which of the 168 taxa that include ‘cook’ in the name directly honour Cook, doubtless many are named for him secondhand referring to places named after him, though the genus Jamescookina seems self explanatory.