Protonym: Aegotheles insignis Ann.Mus.Civ.Stor.Nat.Genova 7(1875) p.916
Category: Caprimulgiformes / Aegothelidae / Aegotheles
Taxonomy Code: feonig1
Type Locality: Hatam, Arfak, New Guinea.
Publish Year: 1876
IUCN Status: Least Concern
(Aegothelidae; Ϯ Australian Owlet-nightjar A. cristatus) Gr. αιγοθηλας aigothēlas nightjar or goatsucker < αιξ aix, αιγος aigos goat; θηλαζω thēlazō to suckle; "Genus ÆGOTHELES Ϯ. Rostrum breve, crassiusculum, latissimum, basi depressum, tomiis integris, rictu amplissimo. Culmen carinatum, rotundatum, dertro unguiculato, subadunco. Mandibula inferior apice ad accipiendum superioris dertrum canaliculata. ... ϮAιγοθηλης, Caprimulgus. — We revive the Aristotelian name of the Goatsucker. The word, although originally conveying an erroneous meaning, has been translated into so many languages, and, as such, has become so identified with the birds of this family, that we feel no hesitation in applying it to the present group. ... We have hitherto met with but one species belonging to this form which seems confined to New Holland. 1. NOVÆ HOLLANDIÆ. ... Caprimulgus Novæ Hollandiæ. Lath. Ind. Orn. p. 588. no. 18. Crested Goatsucker. Phillips's Bot. Bay, pl. in p. 270. This bird is called by the natives Teringing'." (Vigors & Horsfield 1827); "Ægotheles Vigors and Horsfield, Trans. Linn. Soc. London, 15, pt. 1, 1826, p. 194. Type, by monotypy, Caprimulgus novaehollandiae Latham = Caprimulgus cristatus White." (Peters 1940, IV, p. 181).
Var. Aegitholes, Egotheles, Oegotheles.
Synon. Euaegotheles, Megaegotheles.
L. insignis extraordinary, remarkable, notable (e.g. very large) < in towards; signum mark.
UPPERCASE: current genus
Uppercase first letter: generic synonym
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Gr.: ancient Greek
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TL: type locality
OD: original diagnosis (genus) or original description (species)