This Day In History: 1873-07-04


Johann Jakob Kaup (1803 – 1873) died on this day.
He was a German naturalist working in ichthyology and herpetology. Correspondent with many important biologists of his time including Agassiz, Bonaparte, Cuvier, and Owen. Engaged by Gray to undertake revisions at the British Museum resulting in Catalogue of Apodal fish (eels) in the Collection of the British Museum (1856) and Catalogue of Lophobranchiate fish (seahorses and pipefishes) in the Collection of the British Museum (1856).

Kaup described around 370 taxa and is honoured in the names of two genera, Kaupichthys and kaupus, and in the names of a number of species under kaupi(i).