This Day in History: 1726-06-14

Thomas Pennant (1726 – 1798) was born on this day.
He was an English naturalist, writer, and traveller. Pennant observed that naturalists in other European countries were producing volumes cataloguing and describing the animals found in their respective territories and resolved to produce a similar work on the fauna of Britain. This resulted in British Zoology published in four volumes (c. 1766-67), the 3rd and 4th volumes covering aquatic species. Pennant published numerous further works covering both zoology and his travels around Britain.

Pennant described around 175 aquatic species and is honoured in the names of a number of species under pennanti(i).