Cameroon Francolin / Pternistis camerunensis

Cameroon Francolin / Pternistis camerunensis

Cameroon Francolin

SCI Name:  Pternistis camerunensis
Protonym:  Francolinus camerunensis Bull.Br.Orn.Club 25 p.12
Category:  Galliformes / Phasianidae /
Taxonomy Code:  camfra2
Type Locality:  Cameroon Mountain, at 7000 feet.
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Publish Year:  1909
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DEFINITIONS

PTERNISTIS
(Phasianidae; Ϯ Bare-throated Spurfowl P. afer) Gr. πτερνιστης pternistēs  one who strikes with the heel  < πτερνη pternē  heel; "Genus. Pternistis Wagl.  Stachelhuhn.   Species: 1. Pt. capensis (Perd. cap., rubricol., nudicol. Auctor.) — 2. Pt. Cranchii (Perd. Cranchii Tuck. Expedit.to the riv. Zaire p. 408.) — 3. Pt. rubricollis Rüpp. Zool. Atl. t. 30.   Allgemeiner Character der der Frankoline, aber die Kehle nacht wie bey den Penelopen. Der Schnabel gestreckt, gerade; der Oberkiefer gegen die Spitze allmählich abwärts geneigt. Die Flügel und der Schwanz etwas lang; erstere wenig concav. Beim Weibchen die Kehle befiedert, die Fußwurzel ohne Sporen. Am Skelete sind einige besondere Merkmale der Sippe vorhanden. — Leben in kleinen Gesellschaften in Wäldern, unter Gebüsch, bäumen auf, schreien gesellschaftlich bey Auf- und Untergang der Sonne usw." (Wagler 1832); "Pternistis Wagler, Isis von Oken, 1832, col. 1229. Type, by subsequent designation, Tetrao capensis Gmelin = Tetrao afer P. L. S. Müller. (G. R. Gray, List Gen. Bds. ed. 2, 1841, p. 79.)" (Peters 1934, II, 84).
Var. Pternistes, Pternestes.
Synon. Chaetopus, Chapinortyx, Clamator, Didymacis, Notocolinus, Oreocolinus, Squamatocolinus.

cameroonensis / camerunensis / camerunensus
Cameroons, West Africa (German Cameroon (= Kamerun) 1884-1919, when divided into French Cameroun and British Cameroons; upon independence in 1961 southern British Cameroons joined with French Cameroun to become a republic (Cameroun), and northern British Cameroons became a part of Nigeria) (Rio dos Camerões, river of prawns, the name given to the River Wouri by the Portuguese explorer Fernão do Póo in 1492).
● Mt. Cameroon, German Cameroon (subsp. Bradypterus lopesi, Pternistis).
● Between Nola and Mbaiki, French Cameroun (= Ubangi Shari) (Vidua).