This Day in History: 1829-03-02

Francis Day (1829 – 1889) was born on this day. He was a British military surgeon and naturalist stationed in India, later Inspector-General of Fisheries in India and Burma. Day wrote extensively on Indian fishes publishing, The Fishes of Malabar (1865), The Fishes of India; being a natural history of the fishes known to inhabit the seas and fresh waters of India, Burma, and Ceylon (1878) 2 volumes covering more than 1300 species, along with two volumes on Fishes in The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma (1889) series.

Day described many new taxa in the course of his writing and is honoured in the names of a number of species under dayi.