This Day In History: 1845-06-13


Enrico Hillyer Giglioli (1845 – 1909) was born on this day.
He was an Italian zoologist and anthropologist,
Director of the Royal Zoological Museum in Florence. Giglioli was naturalist aboard the Magenta (1865-68), an
Italian circumnavigation of the globe that made important scientific observations in South America, and wrote up the zoology of the voyage. Famously, during the voyage, about 1200 miles off the coast of Chile, he observed a purported species of whale described as having two dorsal fins, now referred to as Giglioli’s Whale, considered by some as a possible cryptid, the species is not recognized by science.

Giglioli described around 40 taxa and is honoured in the names of a number of species under gigliolii.