Max Poll

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Max Fernand Leon Poll (21 July 1908 – 13 March 1991) was a Belgian ichthyologist who specialised in the Cichlidae. In the years 1946 and 1947 he organised an expedition to Lake Tanganyika.

He has described several species of Pseudocrenilabrinae, such as Lamprologus signatus, Steatocranus casuarius, Neolamprologus brichardi, and Neolamprologus pulcher.

Named after him are species and taxa such as Etmopterus polli Bigelow, Schroeder & Springer, 1953, Merluccius polli Cadenat, 1950, Pollichthys Grey, 1959, Polyipnus polli Schultz, 1961,[1] Microsynodontis polli Lambert, 1958,[2] and Synodontis polli Gosse, 1982.[3]

He was a member of The Royal Academies for Science and the Arts of Belgium, professor at Université Libre de Bruxelles, and conservator at Musée Royal du Congo Belge in Tervuren. He was an honorary member of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.[4]