Seitarō Gotō

Seitarō Gotō (1867–1935) was a Japanese scientist, known for his works on the Monogenea,[1][2] a class of parasitic flatworms which are ectoparasites of fishes. He also worked on other invertebrates, such as Coelenterates[3] and Echinoderms.[4][5]

Seitarō Gotō
Goto Seitaro, Dean of the Faculty of Science at Tokyo Imperial University.jpg
Born15 September 1867
Died20 July 1935
Known forparasitology, Monogenea
Scientific career
FieldsParasitology, Zoology
InstitutionsUniversity of Tokyo


Seitarō Gotō was a student at the Department of Animal Science at the Imperial University of Science and was graduated in 1890. He studied in the United States in 1894, at Johns Hopkins University, and then at Harvard University. After his return to Japan in 1896, he became professor at Daiichi High School. He became Professor at the Tokyo Imperial University in 1909. In 1920, he was appointed head of the University of Tokyo's Department of Science. In 1929 he created the Japan Parasitology Society and became its first President.

Eponymous taxaEdit

Several taxa were named in honour of Seitarō Gotō. These include the genus Gotocotyla Ishii, 1936 and the family Gotocotylidae Yamaguti, 1963[6] (Monogenea). A number of species were also named after him, including Acanthocephalus gotoi Van Cleave, 1925 (Acanthocephala), Caryophyllaeus gotoi Motomura, 1927 (Cestoda), and Microcotyle gotoi Yamaguti, 1934 (Monogenea).

Drawings of Monogeneans by Seitarō GotōEdit

His 1894 book includes several plates of monogeneans;[1] some are below.


  1. ^ a b Goto, Seitaro. (1894). "Studies on the ectoparasitic Trematodes of Japan". doi:10.5962/bhl.title.56506. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)  
  2. ^ Goto, Seitaro (1899). Notes on some exotic species of ectoparasitic trematodes (Vol. 12). Imperial University of Tokyo
  3. ^ Goto, Seitaro (1903). The Craspedote Medusa Olindias and some of its natural allies. New York. doi:10.5962/bhl.title.3959  
  4. ^ Goto, S. (1914). A descriptive monograph of Japanese asteroidea. Tokyo, Imperial University of Tokyo.doi:10.5962/bhl.title.119074  
  5. ^ Fujita, T. (2008). Echinoderms in Sagami Bay: past and present studies. In Origin and Evolution of Natural Diversity: Proceedings of the International Symposium, The Origin and Evolution of Natural Diversity, held from 1-5 October 2007 in Sapporo, Japan (pp. 117-123). 21st Century COE for Neo-Science of Natural History, Hokkaido University. PDF  
  6. ^ Yamaguti S. 1963. Systema Helminthum Volume IV Monogenea and Aspidocotylea. Interscience, a division of John Wiley & Sons, New York & London, 699 pp.

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