This Day in History: 1840-02-20

Wilhelm Kobelt (1840 – 1916) was born on this day. He was a German zoologist specializing in malacology and curator of the Senckenberg Museum.

He is honoured in the names of several species under kobelti.

Malacology – derived from Malaco-, Greek, malacos (malakos), soft; malakia, cephalopod mollusca (Aristotle Hist. Animalium); -logy, logos, account, explanation, narrative, reasoning; study (post-classical) – the study of molluscs, soft-bodied animals.