Originally Posted by mb1848
I believe the Natterer/ Temmimck name sapiti was published in some ephemera like a guide to the Imperial museum or other and I am going to keep looking for it.
MR. SCLATER ON THE AMERICAN CAPRIMULGIDAE 1866 says sapiti was bird No, 94. Of what I am not sure? Pelzeln 1865 talks about Natterer collecting in Sapitiva with a ‘v’ in February 1818, ...
Mark, regarding your thoughts on "No, 94"; and Bonaparte's "Caprimulgus sapiti
Natt. Mus. Vindob. (No.94)", see my post #265 (and all
its links), incl. Diesing's foot-note [even if the latter slightly digress from the subject (it doesn't add much, and absolutely nothing on the Etymology, of sapiti
), as it only, as far as I can tell, takes us further back, to Rudolphi's "Synopsis entozoorum
" (i.e Entozoorum synopsis
...), from 1819 (a work about parasites, which incl. a list of on birds, on where those were found), a text/list that, in its turn, only lists an unidentified: "294. Caprimulgi sp. brasil
Which at that point (in 1819), would refer to a/one, or two, yet unidentified specimen/s of the "Caprimulgi
" Nightjars, kept in the Vienna Museum collection, most likely delivered, in one of the earliest shipments from Natterer, collected during his travels in Brazil, that started in 1817 (and went on all the way until 1835).
To me it (still) looks like sapiti
was/is a name originally coined by Temminck (even if later attributed to Natterer), possibly in an unpublished list of the specimens recently received, or maybe by Natterer himself (on the specimen labels?), both seemingly "in MS".
If Temminck ever published it (either in a short list, alt. with a description, however brief), and if so where, I simply do not know, but he seems to have used the name sapiti
, as early as in the 1820's and 1830's. This far we've found at least two; "sapiti
Tem." (in 1823) and "C. Sapiti
Tem." (in 1836), strongly indicating that Temminck did use it (somewhere) prior to that, far earlier than Bonaparte 1850. It could be a case of an original intention of; Temminck ex
Natterrer?), who knows?
Take it all for what it's worth. There's a lot of probably/possibly (read; guesses and speculations) in the line of arguments (reasonings) above, but that's as far as I can reach. Sorry. As you (all) would know by now, German isn't my strong side. Nor is Latin.
However, as always; don't hesitate to remark on any part, whatever minor or major, if you (or anyone else) think otherwise.
And: Good luck finding the unknown "ephemera" by "Natterer/Temmimck". I have no clue if such a print ever existed. But I would think it (maybe) might could have been, as I noted that the numbers of the birds in Diesing's foot-note doesn't match (the other parasite hosts/birds, in) Rudolphi's work. On the other hand, it could, just as well, have been nothing but a handwritten list, in the Vienna Museum (for their Staff, and visiting guests?), again; who knows?
Either way, I feel pretty convinced that we've got the proper Etymology for sapiti
PS. It's clearly written "Sapitib
). Also see; "Handschriftlische Notizen von J. Natterer
", also by von Pelzeln, (here