This Day In History: 1924-03-17


Zbigniew ‘Bob’ Kabata (1924 – 2014) was born on this day.
He was a Polish zoologist specialising in fish parasitology who developed the notion that separate fish populations might be identified by studying the prevalence of various parasites and diseases. Kabata is best known for The Parasitic Copepoda of British Fishes (1979), an influential work featuring more than 2,000 original hand-drawn illustrations of the complex morphology of copepods. He served on the editorial board of the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature for 15 years.

Kabata is honoured in the names of 35 taxa including the wonderfully named parasitic copepod, Bobkabata kabatabobus.