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Acrocephalus mendanae dido (Murphy & Mathews, 1928) (1 Viewer)

Taphrospilus

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Acrocephalus mendanae dido (Murphy & Mathews, 1928) OD here

I think his is clarified (or at least I have no other explanaition) and I just mention it because of The Eponym Dictionary of Birds claim:

Southern Marquesan Reed Warbler ssp. Acrocephalus mendanae dido R. C. Murphy & Mathrews, 1928
In Virgil's Aeneid Dido was the founder and queen of Carthage. The description gives no reasoning for this name choice.

I would be surprised if Mathrews gava any explanation.. For sure the name is not for her as not born at date of description ;) even if she would fit to a singing bird.
 
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PScofield

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I had thought that this must be named after the HMS Dido (1836) or (1869) both of which spent many years in the Pacific.

However, I think the Story of Virgils Dido actual fits the hypothesis Murphy and Mathews are proposing regarding ssp dido and it's colonization of this tiny island:

Dido and her followers arrived on the coast of North Africa where Dido asked the Berber King Larbas for a small bit of land for a temporary refuge until she could continue her journeying, only as much land as could be encompassed by an oxhide. They agreed.
 
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