Steller’s Eider / Polysticta stelleri

Steller\'s Eider / Polysticta stelleri

Steller's Eider

SCI Name:  Polysticta stelleri
Protonym:  Anas stelleri Spic.Zool. 1 fasc.6 p.35 pl.5
Category:  Anseriformes / Anatidae /
Taxonomy Code:  steeid
Type Locality:  Kamchatka.
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Publish Year:  1769
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DEFINITIONS

POLYSTICTA
(Anatidae; Ϯ Steller's Eider P. stelleri) Gr. πολυστικτος polustiktos  much spotted  < πολυς polus  much; στικτος stiktos  spotted  < στιζω stizō  to tattoo; "GENUS 4.  POLYSTICTA. Nobis.  Sp. 1. P. STELLERI. Pallas.  Syn. Anas Dispar, Gmel. Lath.  Western Duck, Penn. Eyton." (Eyton 1836); "Polysticta Eyton, Cat. Brit. Bds., 1836, p. 58. Type, by monotypy, Anas stelleri Pallas." (Peters 1931, I, 182).
Synon. Eniconetta, Macropus, Stellaria.

polysticta
Gr. πολυστικτος polustiktos  much spotted  < πολυς polus  much; στικτος stiktos  spotted  < στιζω stizō  to tattoo.

stelleri
Georg Wilhelm Steller (born Stöhler) (1709-1746) German naturalist, explorer in the Russian service, took part in Vitus Bering’s expedition to Russian America (= Alaska) 1740-1742 (Cyanocitta (ex “Steller’s Crow” of Latham 1781), Polysticta).