This Day In History: 1883-06-19


Jean-Jacques Dussumier (1792 – 1883) died on this day.
He was a French ship owner and merchant, an enthusiastic collector of natural history objects. Dussumier made at least eleven commercial voyages between 1816 – 1840 on his own vessels the Buffon and the Georges Cuvier, to the Indian Ocean and as far as the China Seas, bringing back numerous natural history specimens. He was particularly interested in fishes returning with many species new to science which were then described by naturalists such as Cuvier, Commerson, and Valenciennes.

Dussumier is honoured in the name of a genus of herrings, Dussumieria, and in the names of around 100 species under dussumieri(i).