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Pterorhinus delesserti (Jerdon, 1839) (1 Viewer)

Taphrospilus

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Pterorhinus delesserti (Jerdon, 1839) OD here
The only specimen I have seen of tis bird was in the collection of M. Delessert, who was some time on Neilgherries. It was killed near Kotagherry, and, if new, may be named in honour of that gentleman, who took home with him large collections.
Indopicus delesserti Malherbe, 1849 here and later here
Crateropus Delesserti Lafresnaye, 1840 OD here (= Sny. Trochalopteron cachinnans)
Oiseaux nouveaux, recueillis sur le plateau des Neelgheries, dans les Indes orientales, par M. Ad Delessert

The Eponym Dictionary of Birds claims:
Wynaad Laughingthrush Garrulax delesserti Jerdon, 1839
Flameback sp. Indopicus delesserti Malherbe, 1849 NCR [Alt. Greater Flameback; JS Chrysocolaptes guttacristatus]
Adolphe Delessert (1809–1869) was a French naturalist who collected in India (1834–1839), sponsored by his wealthy uncle. He met Jerdon (q.v.) in the Nilgiri hills and gave him a new babbler, which Jerdon described in his honour. He wrote Souvenirs d'un Voyage dans l'Inde Exécuté de 1834 à 1839 (1843).

The wealthy uncle should be Benjamin Delessert.

The Key to Scientific Names
Adolphe Delessert (1809-1869) French naturalist, collector in India, Malaysia, the East Indies, and Mascarenes 1834-1839 (syn. Chrysocolaptes lucidus guttacristatus, Garrulax, syn. Trochalopteron cachinnans).

If Wikipedia and Bibliography of Natural History Travel Narratives are correct Adolphe François Delessert. Swiss or French? If Wiki is correct born in Switzerland.
 
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mb1848

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The Delessert family were French Huguenots who set up a business, banking network in France and Switzerland that extended to Britain and British North America.
A paper
Malthus and the Philanthropists, 1764–1859: The Cultural Circulation of Political Economy, Botany, and Natural Knowledge J. Marc MacDonald.
Malthus and the Philanthropists, 1764–1859: The Cultural Circulation of Political Economy, Botany, and Natural Knowledge .
https://www.google.com/search?q=Crossroads+of+Enlightenment+1685-1850:+Exploring+Education,+Science,+and+Industry+Across+the+Delessert+Network&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS921US921&oq=Crossroads+of+Enlightenment+1685-1850:+Exploring+Education,+Science,+and+Industry+Across+the+Delessert+Network&aqs=chrome..69i57j69i60.1545j0j15&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 .
In MacDonald's Phd. dissertation speaking of our guy's father says he was considered French but was also a citoyen of Cossonay Switzerland. Our guy died in Saint-Barthelemy in Switzerland.
 
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