This Day in History: 1873-06-12

Jacques Pellegrin (1873 – 1944) was born on this day.
He was a French zoologist. Pellegrin worked under zoologist Léon Vaillant (chair of reptiles and fish) at the Muséum national d’histoire naturelle succeeding him as assistant director (1908). After a number of overseas collecting trips, he became sub-director of the museum (1937), and replaced Louis Roule as the chairperson of herpetology and ichthyology. Pellegrin published more than 600 books and scientific papers and discovered around 350 new species. He had a special interest in the Cichlidae, describing six genera.

Pellegrin is honoured in the names of around 20 species under pellegrini.