Ascension Crake / Mundia elpenor

Ascension Crake / Mundia elpenor

Ascension Crake

SCI Name:  Mundia elpenor
Protonym:  Atlantisia elpenor Smiths.Contrib.Zoology 152 p.ii,7
Taxonomy:  Gruiformes / Rallidae /
Taxonomy Code:  asccra1
Type Locality:  
Publish Year:  1973
IUCN Status:  


(Rallidae; Ϯ Ascension Crake M. elpenor) Peter Mundy (d. 1667) English mariner, factor for the East India Co., world traveller; "We therefore propose a new generic name for the Ascension Rail.  MUNDIA  NEW GENUS   ETYMOLOGY: Named after Peter Mundy, the only man to record it alive, on 7 June 1656.  ...  TYPE: Atlantisia elpenor Olson (1973)" (Bourne et al. 2003).

“After Elpenor, a member of Odysseus’ crew who, like the rail, was stranded on an island and fell to his death” (Olson in Ripley 1977) (‡Mundia).