Protonym: Dacelo Gaudichaud Voy.UraniePhys.[Freycinet]Zool. livr.3 p.112 pl.25
Category: Coraciiformes / Alcedinidae / Dacelo
Taxonomy Code: rubkoo1
Type Locality: Papuan Islands, restricted to Waigeu by Mayr, loc. cit., p. 89.
Author: Quoy & Gaimard
Publish Year: 1824
IUCN Status: Least Concern
(Alcedinidae; † Laughing Kookaburra D. novaeguineae) Anagram of genus Alcedo Linnaeus, 1758, kingfisher; the Laughing Kookaburra, which, despite its specific epithet, is confined to Australia, is the largest kingfisher in the world; “Nonsense names ... To the same class we may refer anagrams of other generic names, as Dacelo and Cedola of Alcedo ... Such verbal trifling as this is in very bad taste, and is especially calculated to bring the science into contempt. It finds no precedent in the Augustan age of Latin, but can be compared only to the puerile quibblings of the middle ages ... And it is peculiarly annoying to the etymologist, who after seeking in vain through the vast storehouse of human language for the parentage of such words, discovers at last that he has been pursuing an ignis fatuus.” (Strickland Code 1842); "DACELO. ALCEDO, Latham, Gmelin. ... The birds of this genus inhabit woods at a distance from any water. Their food is unknown. DACELO GIGANTEA ... GIGANTIC DACELO. ... Inhabits New Holland, where it is a very common bird. It is known by the appellation of Gigantic, or Great brown Kingsfisher." (Leach 1815); "Dacelo Leach, Zool. Misc., 2, 1815, p. 125. Type, by monotypy, Alcedo gigantea Latham = Alcedo novaeguineae Hermann." (Peters, 1945, V, p. 189).
Var. Dacello, Dacylo.
Synon. Agreutes, Capricia, Choucalcyon, Monachalcyon, Nycticeyx, Paralcyon, Sauromarptis.
Charles Gaudichaud-Beaupré (1789-1854) French Navy pharmacist, botanist, explorer (Dacelo).
UPPERCASE: current genus
Uppercase first letter: generic synonym
● and ● See: generic homonyms
lowercase: species and subspecies
●: early names, variants, mispellings
†: type species
Gr.: ancient Greek
<: derived from
syn: synonym of
/: separates historical and modern geographic names
ex: based on
TL: type locality
OD: original diagnosis (genus) or original description (species)