This Day In History: 1903-05-19


Tune Sakai (1903 – 1986) was born on this day.
He was a Japanese carcinologist, considered to be the father of Japanese carcinology. Professor at Yokohama University and Zoological Advisor to the Emperor, Sakai was the leading authority on the crabs of Japan. His publications include Crabs of Japan (1935), Studies on the Crabs of
Japan
(1936-39), his study of the Emperor’s collection
The Crabs of Sagami Bay (1967), and Crabs of Japan and
the Adjacent Seas
(1976).

Sakai described many taxa and is honoured in the names of a genus of anemone or boxing crabs, Tunebia, a genus of spider crabs, Sakaija, and in the names of a number of species under sakai(i).