This Day in History: 1908-07-21

Max Poll (1908 – 1991) was born on this day.
He was a Belgian ichthyologist, associated with the fauna of the Congo and the cichlids of Lake Tanganyika. Poll worked at the Congo Museum Belgium (now the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren) and led an expedition to survey the Congo river in 1953. Other expeditions included a study of the fishery potential of Lake Tanganyika (1945 – 1947) and of the West African coastal waters (1949 – 1951), and between 1956 and 1958 a study of the fishes of the Stanley Pool in the Congo (now Pool Malebo, or Lake Nkunda).

Poll described around 17 genera and 96 species of fishes and is honoured in the names of two genera of fishes, Pollichthys and Pollimyrus, and in the names of a number of species under polli.