Protonym: Anas spectabilis Syst.Nat.ed.10 p.123
Category: Anseriformes / Anatidae / Somateria
Taxonomy Code: kineid
Type Locality: Canada, Sweden.
Publish Year: 1758
IUCN Status: Least Concern
(Anatidae; Ϯ King Eider S. spectabilis) Gr. σωμα sōma, σωματος sōmatos body; εριον erion wool. The down used to line the nests of the Common Eider was formerly collected commercially; "Genus SOMATERIA, Leach, (Eider). Species 1. SOMATERIA SPECTABILIS, (King Eider). A pair only of this species was shot, in about lat. 72º. Several were seen as high as 74º, mixing with Cuthbert's Eider. It is generally named King Duck. The trachea of this bird resembles that of the Anus [sic] Moschata. See Plate 14, fig. 1 and 2. Latham. Species 2. SOMATERIA, (Cuthbert's Eider), commonly named the Eider Duck. Many of these were shot in the months of June and July, between lat. 71º and 74º." (Leach 1819); "Somateria Leach, in Ross, Voy. Disc. 2, 1819, p. 154, App., p. xlviii. Type, by monotypy, Anas spectabilis Linné.1 ... 1 Of the two included species, one is listed only in the vernacular, the other has a valid binomial name and may be accepted as a monotypic type." (Peters 1931, I, 179).
Var. Sommateria, Samoteria.
Synon. Arctonetta, Eider, Erionetta, Ganza, Lampronetta, Platypus.
L. spectabilis remarkable, showy < spectare to observe < specere to look at.
● "61. ANAS. ... spectabilis. 4. A. rostro basi gibbo compresso: carina pennacea nigra, capite canescente. Mus. Ad. Fr. 2. p. Anas canadensis, capite griseo cæruleo. Edw. av. 154. t. 154. Habitat in Canada, Svecia." (Linnaeus 1758) (Somateria).
UPPERCASE: current genus
Uppercase first letter: generic synonym
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lowercase: species and subspecies
●: early names, variants, mispellings
†: type species
Gr.: ancient Greek
<: derived from
syn: synonym of
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ex: based on
TL: type locality
OD: original diagnosis (genus) or original description (species)