Hottentot Teal / Spatula hottentota

Hottentot Teal / Spatula hottentota

Hottentot Teal

SCI Name:  Spatula hottentota
Protonym:  Querquedula hottentota Monogr.Anatidae p.129
Taxonomy:  Anseriformes / Anatidae /
Taxonomy Code:  hottea1
Type Locality:  western coast of South Africa, near Orange River, Cape Province.
Publish Year:  1838
IUCN Status:  


(Anatidae; Ϯ Northern Shoveler S. clypeata) L. spatula  spoon  < dim. spatha  spatula  < Gr. σπαθη spathē  spatula; "The Shoveler. Anas clypeata Germanis  ...  its Bill is three Inches long, coal black, much broader towards the Tip than at the Base, excavated like a Buckler, of a round Circumference" (Albin 1731); "[Anas] clypeata.  16. A[nas]. rostri extremo dilatato rotundato, ungue incurvo" (Linnaeus 1758); "71. Familie. Enten, Anas.  ...  152. Gattung.  Spatula.   388. clypeata." (Boie 1822); "Spatula Boie, Isis von Oken, 1822, col. 564. Type, by monotypy, Anas clypeata Linné." (Peters 1931, I, 169).
Synon. Adelonetta, Clypeata, Cyanopterus, PterocyaneaPunanetta, Querquedula, Rhynchaspis, Rhynchoplatus.

hotentotta / hottentota / hottentotta / hottentottus
Hottentot, a former term given to the Khoikhoi, a nomad pastoral people of Namibia and South Africa.
● ex “Grand Motteux” or “Cul-blanc du cap de bonne espérance” of de Buffon 1770-1783, and “Cape Wheat-ear” of Latham 1783 (syn. Oenanthe pileata).
● Erroneous TL. Cape of Good Hope (= Chandernagor, Bengal); ex “Choucas du Cap de Bonne Espérance” of Brisson 1760 (Dicrurus).