This Day In History: 1799-07-27


Julien Desjardins (1799 – 1840) was born on this day.
He was French zoologist born on Mauritius. Desjardins studied under Cuvier in Paris (1822 – 1824). Returning to Mauritius, Desjardins was a founding member of the Société d’Histoire Naturelle de l’Île Maurice (1829), the first secretary of the Society and editor of the publication Rapport annuel sur les travaux de la Société d’histoire naturelle de l’Île Maurice (until 1839).
Monad’s L’Ichthyologie à l’Île Maurice de 1829 à 1846: autour de Julien Desjardins (1799-1840) lists 28 species with the specific name desjardinsii. He left for Paris in 1839, intending to write a natural history of Mauritius, but unexpectedly died there, his widow donated his entire collection to the Society, forming the basis for the Muséum Desjardins, in Port Louis, Mauritius (1842).

Desjardins described a number of species and is honoured in the name of the Indian sail-fin surgeonfish, Zebrasoma desjardinii (Bennett, 1836).