If I read the blog correct, these taxa can only be correctly identified when using DNA?
This is quite usual for names that are just published.I tried to find the new species Pygoscelis poncetii in ZooBank, but neither was there an entry under that scientific name nor under the ZooBank number given in the paper. Thus, I conclude that the name is not available, whatever the reasons are that led to the failure of registration.
Why poncetii is ending by two i instead of one ?
- In "podae" formed from the name of Nicolaus Poda, the unmodified name "Poda" is treated as if it was a Latin word. We have nothing comparable to this here.This recently received from Dick Schodde:
"The spelling of Poncetii. It is a surname, not a christian name. Even though it may commemorate a woman, the authors treat the name as Latin, not latinized, e.g. Poncetius, not Ponceta or Poncetus. If it is Poncetius, Latin, then the genitive must be poncetii, in according with the gender of the Latin word Poncetius, not the name of the woman, Sally Poncet. That is how I interpret Art. 31.1.1 and its example – see Nicolaus Poda. Had they used the spelling ponceti, a latinization of Poncet, then it would have had to be poncetae".
Both schools exist, and I'm unconvinced that the Code gives an indisputable answer.So, how should the name be written, poncetii ou poncetae ????
I added a link to Manegold 2012 in my post #35, if this is what you were after.H&M cites any sources but I cannot find the bibliographic references on their site
For an extremely similar case, see Cyanistes teneriffae hedwigii Dietzen, Garcia-del-Rey, Delgado Castro & Wink 2007, in: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/226411555.
He is "Iliah Bigilale" in the text (your link), but "Mr. Ilaiah Bigilale" in the acknowledgements on p. 156 https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/40028929, which seems to make him male.There's no evidence in the OD for the gender of Ilias Bigilala, but both Clements/eBird and IOC have emended the name, to bigilalei and bigilalai respectively as of their most recent versions.