This Day in History: 1753-06-18

George Montagu (1753 – 1815) was born on this day.
He was an English army officer and naturalist, known for his work in the identification of British fauna but mainly remember for ornithology. Montagu had an interest in marine and freshwater natural history and published his Testacea Britannica, a History of British Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells (1803), describing 470 species of molluscs, 100 of which were new to British records. He supplied new species of crustacean to William Elford Leach at the British Museum, recorded some species of fish for the first time in English waters, and discovered new species including Montagu’s blenny and Montagu’s snapper.

Montagu is honoured in the names of a number of species under montagui.