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Mr. Iradi's Antillean Palm-Swift … in Spanish (1 Viewer)

Björn Bergenholtz

... earlier a k a "Calalp"
Here´s some possible additions on:

● the subspecies Tachornis phoenicobia iradii LEMBEYE 1850 (here, on p.50) as "Cypselus iradii" or "C. Iradii" (on p.130. here) and "Cypselus Yradii" (on the Plate; No 7, fig.4, here)

Today's HBW Alive Key explains this Eponym as follow:
Francisco Solá y Iradi (fl. 1850) Cuban landowner (?José Cayetano Iradi) (subsp. Tachornis phoenicobia).
But I think there is little doubt, no need for that question mark (nor for "Francisco Solá y Iradi"), as the following quote is found on p.49, in the Introduction of CYPSELIDAE, directly preceding the OD:
Ninguna de ellas trata de esta especie, por lo cual me atrevo á clasificarla con el apellido de mi amigo D. José Cayetano Iradi.
Este ligero tributo que hoy le consagra mi corazon agradecido, recordará en la Ornitología al jóven que, inflamado por el sacro amor de la ciencia, sacrificó en su obsequio los once años mas floridos de su vida, haciendo escursioues llenas de privaciones y penalidades.
I assume we´re looking for the Cuban Dr. José Cayetano (de?) Iradi*, ornithologist, collector and friend of Juan Lembeye (Mr. Iradi is also mentioned on p. 50, here). However no years found on him.

Also see Repertorio fisico-natural de la isla de Cuba, (here, pp. 46 & 176).

Moreover, see the following links to "José Cayetano de Iradi": here, here, here, here … and onwards.

Disclaimer: This said without any knowledge of Spanish! Helped only by Google Translate.

Who he was? More than the above. I sure don´t know.

*There´s also a certain "José Cayetano Yradi" (here and here), entomologist, from Cuba, to consider!?

In any case not to confuse with "Sr. D. Martin Iradi" listed in Subscribers (LISTA DE LOS SEÑORES SUSCRITORES) of and in the same book as the OD (here).

That´s all! If of any use?


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Here looks like he have had a Museum in Cienfuegos.

D. José Cayetano Iradi conserva en Cienfiiegos un Museo exótico y cubano , de mucho mérito ; pero que no puede consultarse, por residir su dueño en un punto distante déla misma jurisdicción.

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