Blue-eared Lory / Eos semilarvata

Blue-eared Lory / Eos semilarvata

Blue-eared Lory

SCI Name:  Eos semilarvata
Protonym:  Eos semilarvata Consp.Gen.Av. 1 p.4
Category:  Psittaciformes / Psittaculidae /
Taxonomy Code:  blelor1
Type Locality:  No locality = Mountains of Ceram.
Publish Year:  1850
IUCN Status:  


(Psittacidae; Ϯ Red-and-blue Lory E. histrio) L. Eos  East, Orient  < Gr. εως eōs or ηως ēōs  eastern, oriental; reflecting an elegy by Ovid (Amores,VI, c. 15 BC) lamenting the death of the parrot he had given to Corinna, his mistress: "Psittacus, Eois imitatrix ales ab Indis, occidit" ("The parrot, oriental wingèd mimic from India, is dead"). The shades of an early Monty Python sketch!; "Genus XI.  Eos *) Wagl. Lori.  Rostrum, lingua et pedes Trichoglossorum; cauda elongata, apice conico-acuminata, latiuscula; color praedominans ruber, rarius viridis.  Asiae et Australiae incolae.  Vitae ratio ignota.   Species: α. Ptilosi rubra:  1. E. indica. — 2. E. rubra. — 3. E. guebiensis. — 4. E. cochinchinensis. — 5. E. variegata. — ? E. Isidorii. — β. Ptilosi viridi: 6. E. cervicalis. — 7. E. ornata.  ...   **)[sic] Psittacus, Eois imitatrix, Ovid." (Wagler 1832); "Eos Wagler, Abh. k. Bayer. Akad. Wiss., Math.-Phys. Kl., 1, 1832, p. 494. Type, by subsequent designation, E. indica (Gm.) = Psittacus histrio P. L. S. Müller (G. R. Gray, List Gen. Bds., 1840, p. 52)." (Peters, 1937, III, p. 145).

Gr. myth. Eos, rosy-fingered goddess of the dawn, sister to Helios and Selene  < εως eōs or ηως ēōs  dawn.

semilarvata / semilarvatus
L. semi-  half-  < semis, semissis  half  < as, assis  whole; larvatus  masked  < larva  mask.