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Formicivora deluzae Ménétriès, 1835 (1 Viewer)

Taphrospilus

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Formicivora deluzae Ménétriès, 1835 OD here (did not find the plate)
J'ai dédié cette espèce à M. Deluze français établi près de Rio de Janeíro, dans la Serra dos orgãoes, heureux, si par ces lignes, je puis lui témoigner publiquement ma reconnaissance, pour le bon accueil qu'il a fait à notre expédition.

The Eponym Dictionary of Birds claims:
White-fringed antwren ssp. Formicivora grisea deluzae Ménétriés, 1835
M. Deluz (fl.1834) was a French resident in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, about whom we can find no more (note the binomial is feminine).

I assume not a feminine but a grammar thing?

The Key to Scientific Names
M. Deluz (or Deluze) (fl. 1834) French resident in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (syn. Formicivora grisea).

Do not think he was resident in Río (as près de). Maybe here anyone can give more details about this gentlemen?
 

l_raty

laurent raty
I assume not a feminine but a grammar thing?
Or did the a that Formicivor is wanting end up in a wrong place ? (I see no straightforward grammatical justification.)

Serra dos Órgãos is not in the city of Rio de Janeiro, but it is in the state of the same name.
 
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l_raty

laurent raty
Gonzaga & Pacheco 1990 :
[...] the family Deluze indeed owned a farm (Fazenda Constância) at Teresópolis, 60 km northeast of Rio de Janeiro on the Serra dos Órgãos, in the early nineteenth century (cf. Ferrez 1970: 70)
[...]
Ferrez, G. 1970. Colonização de Teresópolis. À sombra do Dedo de Deus. 1700-1900. Da fazenda March a Teresópolis. Rio de Janeiro: Departamento de Assuntos Culturais—M.E.C. (Publ. do IPHAN 24).
 

PScofield

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And here

James de Luze , cujo nome completo era João Francisco de Luze , formou a fazenda Constância
Apparently, he was Swiss born in Neuchâtel.

Dr Jämes François (James, João Francisco Ou Diogo Francisco) De Luze

Born 2 August 1793 - Neuchâtel, 2000, Neuchâtel, Espace Mittelland, SUISSE
Deceased 3 June 1857, Teresópolis, Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil, aged 63 years old

 

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Björn Bergenholtz

... earlier a k a "Calalp"
Below are some (hopefully) additional pieces/clues in the search for the obscure (Mr/Monsieur/senhor) "Deluze ... près de [near] Rio de Janeíro, dans la Serra dos orgãoes" (as it was told in the OD) ...

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• Mallet-Rodrigues, F., R. Parrini & F. Pacheco. 2007. Birds of the Serra dos Órgãos, State of Rio de Janeiro, Southeastern Brazil: A review. Revista Brasileira de Ornitologia 15 (1); pp.5–35: (downloadable here) [my blue bolds]:

Some species collected by Ménetriès, such as White-fringed Antwren Formicivora grisea (formerly Formicivora deluzae) have not been found again anywhere in the Serra dos Órgãos. ... [pp.5–6]

[...]


White-fringed Antwren Formicivora grisea. Like the Slaty Bristlefront, this species is known for the region on the basis of a single specimen (a female) collected by E. Ménétriès “not far from Serra dos Órgãos in the lands of Mr. Deluze”. Family Deluze was owner of the Fazenda Constância at Teresópolis in the early nineteenth century (Gonzaga and Pacheco 1990) [*]. Described as a new species, Formicivora deluzae (Ménétriès 1835), it was later considered to be indistinguishable from a typical female Formicivora grisea (Hellmayr 1929a), although Pinto (1978) cited F. deluzae as a subspecies of F. grisea.

This antwren has not been recorded again in Serra dos Órgãos except for a supposed voice record by Helmut Sick, in Teresópolis in 1949 (Gonzaga and Pacheco 1990). This is probably another species erroneously ascribed to the Serra dos Órgãos region on the basis of a Ménétriès specimen. The type of F. deluzae could have been collected in north of Mato Grosso or southern Amazonia (Pacheco 2004). It seems unikely that this antwren has become locally extinct as it is reasonably resistant to habitat disturbance.

The type of F. deluzae could have been collected in north of Mato Grosso or southern Amazonia (Pacheco 2004). It seems unlikely that this antwren has become locally extinct as it is reasonably resistant to habitat disturbance.
[p.10]

[...]


However, other factors may play a part. The antbird Formicivora (grisea) deluzae, described from Serra dos Órgãos, was never found again but the type locality has been considered to be incorrect (Naumburg 1939, Pacheco 2004). Nevertheless, the rediscovery of the mysterious Kinglet Calyptura Calyptura cristata in the region (Sick 1997, Pacheco and Fonseca 2000, 2001) made it clear that it is dangerous to make precipitated assumptions about the present status of the various bird species which have not recently been found in this spectacular massif in southeastern Brazil. [p.13]

Leading us here (all in Portuguese), where we (again) find a certain "James de Luze (Fazenda Constância)" (on p.78).

Outro que se fixaria na região, em 1821, foi o tenente Joaquim Paulo de Oliveira ... que ganhou terras na região do rio Imbuí, organizando ali a Fazenda da Posse. Também foram merecedores de lotes de terra o almirante inglês John Taylor (Fazenda Boa Fé), Alberto Fischer (Fazenda da Soledade) e James de Luze (Fazenda Constância).

I assume he's "our guy" ...

Hopefully of some help? (and sorry for/if cross-posting some of this info. It took me a while to compile this post) ... ;)

Björn


*Same Paper link as in Lauren't post above: Gonzaga, L. P. & J. F. Pacheco. 1990. Two new subspecies of Formicivora serrana (Hellmayr) from southeastern Brazil, and notes on the type locality of Formicivora deluzae Ménétriés. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club. 110 (4): pp.187–193. [see link in post #3, or here]:
Formicivora deluzae is known only from the type in the Leningrad Academy of Sciences, a female reported to have been collected (our translation) "not far from the Serra dos Orgaos in the lands of Mr Deluze, a Frenchman established near Rio de Janeiro" (Menetries 1835: 485). This specimen ... [top of page 188]
 
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mb1848

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Richmond has a card on F. deluzae . https://www.zoonomen.net/cit/RI/SP/Fedo/fedo00114a.jpg .

He mentions an article published in Poland in 1921.

O typach ptaków neotropikalnych Muzeum Zoologicznego Petersburskiej Akademji Nauk

O typach ptaków neotropikalnych Muzeum Zoologicznego Petersburskiej Akademji Nauk - Museum and Institute of Zoology PAS .

In 1917 Tadeusz Chrostowski defected from the Imperial army and lived under a false identity in St. Petersburg where he examined, thanks to Valentin Bianchi, the Brazilian bird collections at the zoological museum. He mentions that museum has a male specimen of deluzae??

Salvadori in 1864 wonders if Turin museum has a female specimen of deluzae.

Atti della Società italiana di scienze naturali .

The named was misspelled as F. delucae.
v.2 (1875) - Thesaurus ornithologiae : - Biodiversity Heritage Library .

This publication mentions the plate which neither Martin nor I could find. It described it as Tb. 5 Fig. 2.

The journal states the article was published with an engraving and fifteen illuminated lithographs. The author refers to an Atlas? Something like this published separately?
href="v.10 pt. 2 (1859) plates - Mémoires de l'Académie impériale des sciences de St.-Pétersbourg. - Biodiversity Heritage Library">v.10 pt. 2 (1859) plates - Mémoires de l'Académie impériale des sciences de St.-Pétersbourg. - Biodiversity Heritage Library .
I would very much like to see it.
 

mb1848

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Thank you Laurent. The name on the plate is spelled correctly Formcivora with the 'a' and Deluzae mihi.
 
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l_raty

laurent raty
Yes, indeed. Then I can't tell for sure why he used a first declension genitive.
Maybe he latinized the name into Deluza, under the assumption that -a had to be the Latin equivalent of a French -e.
Alternatively, could they have been called "Deluza" in Brazil ?
 

mb1848

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Yes, indeed. Then I can't tell for sure why he used a first declension genitive.
Maybe he latinized the name into Deluza, under the assumption that -a had to be the Latin equivalent of a French -e.
Alternatively, could they have been called "Deluza" in Brazil ?
More mysteries. Also looking at Pl. 16 it proves Ménétriès in 1835 was a quinarian no an octonarian.
 
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