Carpentarian Grasswren / Amytornis dorotheae

Carpentarian Grasswren / Amytornis dorotheae

Carpentarian Grasswren

SCI Name:  Amytornis dorotheae
Protonym:  Magnamytis woodwardi dorotheae AustralAv.Rec. 2 p.99
Category:  Passeriformes / Maluridae /
Taxonomy Code:  cargra2
Type Locality:  McArthur River, Gulf of Carpentaria, Northern Territory.
Publish Year:  1914
IUCN Status:  


(Maluridae; Ϯ Thick-billed Grasswren A. textilis) Genus Amytis Lesson, 1831, grasswren; Gr. ορνις ornis, ορνιθος ornithos  bird; "Textile Wren ... its mode of progression on the ground is such as no description can convey an accurate conception of, and must be seen to be understood: I cannot perhaps compare it with anything, unless with the motion of an Indian-rubber ball when thrown forcibly along the ground. While stealing from bush to bush, with this rapid movement, its head low and tail perfectly erect, it presents an exceedingly droll appearance" (Gould 1865); "Malurinæ  ...  Amytornis textilis, with two allied species, also from Australia, belong here, wren-like birds of brown plumage, with curious whitish longitudinal streaks" (Stejneger 1885); "Amytornis Stejneger, 1885, in Kingsley, Standard Nat. Hist., 4, p. 499. New name for Amytis Lesson, 1831, preoccupied by Amytis Savigny, 1822." (Mayr in Peters, 1986, XI, p. 404).   
Synon. Amictus, Amytis, Cryptamytis, Diaphorillas, Eyramytis, Magnamytis, Mytisa.

● Dorothy Ebsworth White (1888-1959) daughter of Australian oologist Henry Luke White (syn. Acanthiza nana, Amytornis, subsp. Phaethon lepturus, syn. Psephotellus dissimilis).
● Dorothea Minola Alice Bate (1879-1951) British palaeontologist, pioneer archaeozoologist, explorer (subsp. Certhia brachydactyla).
● Female eponym; dedicatee not yet identified (Wolters 1980, Die Vogelarten der Erde, pt. 6, 407) (subsp. Turdus lherminieri).