This Day in History: 1784-06-03

William Yarrell (1784 – 1856) was born on this day.
He was an English naturalist, a founder member of both the Zoological Society of London and the Entomological Society of London. Yarrell became an expert on British birds and fish, writing standard reference works on both, and is best known for The History of British Fishes (2 vols., 1836). He corresponded with a number of prominent naturalists including Couch, who sent him specimens of fishes and contributed to Yarrell’s ichthyological work, and was an acquaintance of Darwin.

Yarrell is honoured in the names of two species of fishes under yarrelli(i).