Solomons Frogmouth / Rigidipenna inexpectata

Solomons Frogmouth / Rigidipenna inexpectata

Solomons Frogmouth

SCI Name:  Rigidipenna inexpectata
Protonym:  Podargus inexpectatus Bull.Br.Orn.Club 12 p.24
Category:  Caprimulgiformes / Podargidae /
Taxonomy Code:  soifro1
Type Locality:  Ysabel Island, Solomon Islands.
Publish Year:  1901
IUCN Status:  


(Podargidae; Ϯ Solomon Islands Frogmouth R. inexpectata) L. rigidus  stiff, hard  < rigere  to stiffen; penna  feather; "Rigidipenna gen. nov.   TYPE SPECIES Podargus inexpectatus Hartert, 1901.  ...  A large podargid with eight rectrices, not ten as found in all species of Podargus and Batrachostomus. Outer rectrices generally very coarse, with 9 barbs/cm compared with approximately 15 barbs/cm in other genera. The central rectrices are broad, coarse and stiff with rounded tips, further separating it from Podargus, which generally has narrower, softer and more pointed central rectrices.  ... Rigidipenna is formed from the Latin words rigidus (stiff, hard, inflexible) and penna (feather). The name refers to the distinctively stiff rectrices. Rigidipenna is feminine and the scientific name therefore becomes Rigidipenna inexpectata" (Cleere et al. 2007).
Var. Rigidapenna.

inexpecta / inexpectata / inexpectatum / inexpectatus / inexpectus / inexspectata / inexspectatus
L. inexspectatus  unexpected, surprising, unlooked for  < in-  not; exspectatus  awaited, expected  < exspectare  to await.
● “In view of the stability shown by Arremonops conirostris conirostris through a wide area, the appearance of this form so near the type-locality of that race is surprising and inexplicable” (Chapman 1914) (subsp. Arremonops conirostris).
● “It certainly was unexpected to find such a striking and hitherto unknown species on Guadalcanar, and this and the discovery of other new forms on the island shows that the ornithological exploration of Guadalcanar has hitherto been very imperfect” (Hartert 1929) (Guadalcanaria).
● “et necata inexpectatum nobis gaudium dedit novae speciei, ante nunquam visae” (Forster 1844) (Pterodroma).
● "Named both for the unexpected nature of its distribution, being restricted to two provinces of Ghana, and the fact that there are no obvious geographic barriers that separate it from two other members of the genus" (Voelker et al. 2016) (subsp. Stiphrornis erythrothorax).
● “On examining a large series of birdskins collected in the northern parts of Celebes and presented to the Leyden Museum by S. C. I. W. van Musschenbroek, Esq., I was quite astonished to find, that there exists in the Minahassa, beside Strix [= Tyto ] Rosenbergii, another large species of Barn-owl, very different as well from Strix Rosenbergii as from all the other known species” (Schlegel 1879) (Tyto).