Gabon Coucal / Centropus anselli

Gabon Coucal / Centropus anselli

Gabon Coucal

SCI Name:  Centropus anselli
Protonym:  Centropus anselli Proc.Zool.Soc.London Pt2 p.204 pl.33,fig.1
Category:  Cuculiformes / Cuculidae /
Taxonomy Code:  gabcou1
Type Locality:  Danger River, Gaboon.
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Publish Year:  1874
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DEFINITIONS

CENTROPUS
(Cuculidae; Ϯ Senegal Coucal C. senegalensis) Gr. κεντρον kentron  spur, spike; πους pous, ποδος podos  foot; "This genus is distinguished from all other members of the family by having on the hallux a long nearly straight hind claw, very much like a Lark's." (Blanford 1895).  The coucals were formerly known as 'lark-heeled cuckoos.'  The substantive 'Coucal' is derived from French Coucou  cuckoo, and Alouette  lark; "GENUS 13. CENTROPUS (κεντρον stimulus, calcar  πους pes) (Spornfuß Germ.) Rostrum capiti brevius, incurvum, valde compressum, grypanium.  Tomia integerrima.  Nares plumis recumbentibus tectae.  Lingua . . .  Cauda gradata, elongata.  Pedes scansorii, congrui. Digiti externi internis longiores, antici fissi, posticorum externus versatilis? Ungues incurvi, posticus internus reliquis aliquantum longior, retiusculus, subulatus.  Species: Cuculus Aegyptius, Tolu LinGmel." (Illiger 1811); "Centropus Illiger, Prodromus, 1811, p. 205. Type, by subsequent designation, Cuculus aegyptius Gmelin. (G. R. Gray, List Gen. Bds., 1840, p. 56.)" (Peters, 1940, IV, p. 66). 
Var. Certropus, Certtopus, Centrophus
Synon. Anacentropus, Centrococcyx, Corydonyx, Grillia, Huhus, Megacentropus, Nesocentor, Nisus, Onixylus, Polophilus, Pyrrhocentor, Toulou.

anselli
● Henry F. Ansell (1835-1875) British merchant in the Gabon who supplied natural history specimens (Centropus).
● Dr William Frank Harding Ansell (1923-1996) British zoologist, game officer in Northern Rhodesia / Zambia 1947-1974, conservationist (subsp. Cisticola textrix).