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São Tomé Island (1 Viewer)

Gonçalo Elias

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Portugal
São Tomé is an island in the Gulf of Guinea off West Africa.

There are several endemic birds and most of them they carry names that refer to this place. Most of these names end in -ensis, like Corythornis thomensis, Columba thomensis, Estrilda thomensis, Dreptes thomensis, Tyto alba thomensis, among others.

However the Sao Tome Weaver is called Ploceus sanctithomae. And the Sao Tome Green Pigeon is called Treron sanctithomae.

My question: is the form sanctithomae a correct toponym / demonym for Sao Tome? This is not a feminin word, nor does it refer to a woman or end in "a", how come the specific names end in ae?
 

Gonçalo Elias

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Portugal
I see, thanks Laurent.

And this means that thomensis is just the genitive for the Portuguese form Tomé, is that right?
 

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