This Day In History: 1866-05-05


Edgar Ravenswood Waite (1866 – 1928) was born on this day.
He was an English-born Australian zoologist, mainly interested in ichthyology and herpetology. Waite was assistant curator in charge of vertebrates at the Australian Museum, Sydney (1893-1905), curator of the Canterbury museum at Christchurch, New Zealand (1906-13), and director of the South Australian museum at Adelaide (1914). He published around 200 papers, more than half of them on fishes, and is best known for The Fishes of South Australia (1923).

Waite described numerous taxa and is honoured in the names of a number of species under waitei and waitii.