Little Spotted Kiwi / Apteryx owenii

Little Spotted Kiwi / Apteryx owenii

Little Spotted Kiwi

SCI Name:  Apteryx owenii
Protonym:  Apteryx Owenii Proc.Zool.Soc.London Pt15 no.175 p.94
Taxonomy:  Apterygiformes / Apterygidae /
Taxonomy Code:  liskiw1
Type Locality:  New Zealand. Type probably from Nelson or Marlborough, fide Oliver, 1955, N. Z. Birds, ed. 2, p. 53.
Publish Year:  1847
IUCN Status:  


(Apterygidae; Ϯ Brown Kiwi A. australis) Gr. negative prefix α- a- ; πτερυξ pterux, πτερυγος pterugos  wing (cf. απτερυγος apterugos  without wings); "APTERYX AUSTRALIS  ...  Alæ rudimenta tantum, monodactyla, subuncialia, unguiculo terminali.  ...  SOUTHERN APTERYX  ...  Wings rudiments only, consisting of a single joint or finger, about an inch in length, and terminated by a small claw or spur  ...  This curious bird is a native of New Zealand" (Shaw 1813); "Apteryx Shaw, Nat. Miscell., 24, 1813, pl. 1057, 1058. Type, by monotypy, Apteryx australis Shaw." (Peters, 1931, I, p. 11).
Var. Apterix, Apternyx.
Synon. Kiwi, Stictapteryx.

Prof. Sir Richard Owen (1804-1892) British comparative anatomist, zoologist who wrote a monograph on the anatomy of the kiwis (Apteryx).