Saunders’s Gull / Saundersilarus saundersi

Saunders\'s Gull / Saundersilarus saundersi

Saunders's Gull

SCI Name:  Saundersilarus saundersi
Protonym:  Chroicocephalus saundersi Proc.Zool.Soc.London Pt2 p.273 pl.22
Taxonomy:  Charadriiformes / Laridae /
Taxonomy Code:  saugul2
Type Locality:  Amoy, China.
Publish Year:  1871
IUCN Status:  


(Laridae; Ϯ Saunders's Gull S. saundersi) Portmanteau of surname Saunders (after Howard Saunders (1835-1907) British banker, traveller, ornithologist, authority on the Laridae) and genus Larus Linnaeus, 1758, gull; "The name Saundersia, recently employed by me for a subgenus in the Family Laridae (Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. LII, 1925, p. 81), is preoccupied in entomology, and therefore, is not available. To take its place I propose Saundersilarus after Mr. Howard E. Saunders + Larus.  This is just one more of the "inadvertencies" or "oversights" (as we like to call our blunders) that always seem to dog the steps of nomenclators. It is impossible to explain fully their psychology, although there is usually no good reason for their occurrence. One can only offer an apology and regret a careless contribution to the instability of zoological names." (Dwight 1926).
Var. Saundersilaris.
Synon. Calpata, Saundersia.

● Howard Saunders (1835-1907) British banker, traveller, ornithologist (authority on the Laridae) (syn. Picus viridis karelini, Saundersilarus, Sternula).
● Dr George Bradford Saunders, Jr. (1907-2001) US ornithologist, student of migration, collector in South Africa, North America, Mexico and Guatemala (subsp. Sturnella magna).