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    Paper out using this forums research

    A paper on the card catalogue of the historical image collection at the Berlin Museum of Natural History has just come out: Bilder der Natur. (In German) I provided data on Gertrud-Luise Grote based on a discussion begun here which is referenced on page 59. Enjoy - if you can read German. P
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    Retraction is a pointless exercise?

    I see that Cretaceous Research has retracted a major new paper due to issues regarding the specimens provanance. "A maned theropod dinosaur from Gondwana with elaborate integumentary structures" https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0195667120303736 As Dubois (2020) pointed out...
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    Melville Island cooperi

    (subsp. Gavicalis virescens, syn. Myiagra ruficollis mimikae). So in searching for Mathew's honourees for the last thread I found a better explanation for Mathews's two uses of "cooperi". Cooper's Camp was the location that the types were collected and correctly (well not incorrectly) the Key...
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    John Thomas Tunney

    Like the previous post (Wilfred Stalker) another case of Mathew's indifference to the spelling of people's names. I this case however at least one honorific is spelled wrong: Cracticus quoyi tunneyi Hartert, 1905 Puffinus assimilis tunneyi Mathews, 1912 Epthianura crocea tunneyi Mathews, 1912...
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    Latin gender of ships

    Hi all, I have been pondering this issue and thought I would ask the forum, as there are some Latin scholars amongst the readers. My question is about the name Pterodroma magentae (Giglioli & Salvadori, 1869) The OD is here. It is clear that the honoree in the name is the Italian man-o-war...
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    Sternula nereis davisae Mathews & Iredale, 1913

    I have been pondering the honourific for New Zealand Fairy Tern a while. The type of S. nereis davisae was supposedly “collected and presented” by Sir Samuel Edward Scott to the BMNH in 1895 along with 58 other New Zealand Birds. (Ibis series 7 vol 2: 592) So who was Sir Samuel Edward Scott...
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    "Retraction" of a new name for a Golden Plover ssp

    In the new issue of Auk is a remarkable erratum. http://www.bioone.org/doi/full/10.1642/AUK-15-201.1 I quote "Our recent article (Auk 132:647–656, 2015) did not describe a new subspecies, though we may have created that misperception, especially by suggesting a new scientific name. We also...