Guadeloupe Woodpecker / Melanerpes herminieri

Guadeloupe Woodpecker / Melanerpes herminieri

Guadeloupe Woodpecker

SCI Name:  Melanerpes herminieri
Protonym:  Picus Herminieri TraitedOrn. livr.3 p.228
Category:  Piciformes / Picidae /
Taxonomy Code:  guawoo1
Type Locality:  North America, error = Guadeloupe, Lesser Antilles.
Publish Year:  1830
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(Picidae; Ϯ Red-headed Woodpecker M. erythrocephalus) Gr. μελας melas, μελανος melanos  black; ἑρπης herpēs  creeper  < ἑρπω herpō  to crawl; "1. MELANERPES ERYTHROCEPHALUS. (Sw.)  Red-headed Woodpecker.   GENUS, Melanerpes*, SWAINS.   Sub-genus, (Typical form) SWAINS.   ...   This Woodpecker, so well known in the United States for the havoc it commits in the orchards, ranges in summer from the northern shores of Lake Huron to the Gulf of Mexico.   ...   *Th. μελας, niger, et ερπο, repo" (Swainson 1832); "Melanerpes Swainson, Fauna Bor.-Am., 2, 1831 (1832), p. 316. Type, by monotypy, Picus erythrocephalus Linné." (Peters 1948, VI, 157).
Var. Melanoherpes, Malanerpes.
Synon. Asyndesmus, Balanosphyra, Cactocraugus, Centurus, Chryserpes, Colombpicus, Leuconerpes, Leucopicus, Linneopicus, Melampicos, Meropicus, Phymatoblepharus, Trichopicus, Trichopipo, Tripsurus, Zebrapicus.

Félix Louis l’Herminier (1779-1833) French military chemist, naturalist on Guadeloupe, West Indies 1798-1829 (Melanerpes).
● See: lherminieri