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Dr. Houy's invalid birds (1 Viewer)

Björn Bergenholtz

... earlier a k a "Calalp"
When returning to the somewhat "Swedish" Gunnar Arthur Höy (19011996), (Swedish Mother, German Father, born in Norway [earlier discussed here]) ... I stumbled upon yet a similar name (and a more short-lived man), commemorated in ...

houyi as in:
• the invalid "Caprimulgus houyi" NEUMANN 1915 (here), "type" collected by Dr. Houy 24 May 1913 ... [synonym of Macrodipteryx longipennis SHAW 1796]
• the invalid "Crateropus reinwardti houyi" (same paper as the above, next bird), "type" collected by Dr. Houy 27 December 1912 [synonym of Turdoides reinwardtii stictilaema ALEXANDER 1901]

And note that the Introduction of this Paper starts with:
Die 4 hier beschriebenen neuen Formen entstammen einer Sammlung, die der auch um die zoologische Erforschung Inner- Afrikas so verdiente Dr. Houy, der im Jahre 1913 der Mörderhand eines habsüchtigen Negerboys zum Opfer fiel, bei der Expedition zur Festlegung der Ostgrenze Neu-Kameruns anlegte.
Thereby I strongly doubt that Dr. Reinhard Houy would have died in "1912", as claimed by The Eponym Dictionary of Birds 2014 (here), ... didn´t they even read the OD's in preparation for that book!? The German Journal Ornithologische Monatsberichte sure isn´t, and has never been, that hard to find. Sigh. This erroneous claim "d.1912" is unfortunately also found in today's HBW Alive Key.

Following his death in 1913 makes him far easier to find, and gives us:
= the German Dr. (Artz) and naturalist Reinhard Houy (18811913), collector of various Naturalia (plants, birds, reptiles).

Born 21 November 1881, in Hanau (am Main), Germany ... left for Africa in 1911 ... and was killed at Kaita, 21 June 1913, during the German-French Südkamerun-Grenzexpedition (1912-1913) a k a "Logone-Pama-Grenzexpedition". Dr. Reinhard Houy was apparently murdered, by one of his his Staff/Carrier/servants"! See note here; top of p.2; heading "Koloniales" (from July 1913). Also se here and here.

If he ever was in (Tanganyika), today's Tanzania, on the opposite side of Africa, is unknown to me, but it sure looks like he went to Deutsch Ostafrika (here), a k a "Tanganyika" to start out there. Either way, it wasn´t there he found the two birds above.

To get the full picture you need to know German far better than I do.

However: enjoy!



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Just to show what The Eponym Dictionary of Birds claims:
Standard-winged Nightjar Caprimulgus houyi Neumann, 1915 NCR [JS Macrodipteryx longipennis]
Blackcap Babbler ssp. Turdoides reinwardtii houyi Neumann, 1915 NCR [JS Turdoides reinwardtii stictilaema]
Dr Reinhard Houy (d.1912) collected in Tanganyika (Tanzania) (1911–1912). He wrote Beiträge zur Kenntnis der Haftscheibe von Echeneis (1909). An amphibian is named after him.

The mentioned amphibian Hyperolius houyi Ahl, 1931. OD Ahl, E. 1931. Amphibia, Anura III, Polypedatidae. Das Tierreich 55: xvi + 477. OD here

Of couse the key is already up to date.
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