Protonym: Odontriorchis forbesi Syn.Accipitres.ed.2 ed.2 p.159
Taxonomy: Accipitriformes / Accipitridae / Leptodon
Taxonomy Code: whckit1
Type Locality: Pernambuco, Brazil.
Publish Year: 1922
IUCN Status: Endangered
(Accipitridae; Ϯ Grey-headed Kite L. cayanensis) Gr. λεπτος leptos fine, slender; οδων odōn, οδοντος odontos tooth; "Leptodon n.g. (F. cayanensis et palliatus Auct. A Recent. sub genere Cymindi, nimis diverso, enumerati 1)) ... 1) Char. Rostrum compressum lateribus planis; longit, dimidii capitis, sutura tota æqve arcuata, dente ante medium parvo. - Nares membrana tectæ, antice rima transversa apertæ, (in Cymindi rima infera, longitudinalis). Pedes spongioso-incrassati, reticulati, digitis subtus planis" (Sundevall 1836); "Leptodon1 Sundevall, Vetensk.-Akad. Handl. for 1835, p. 114, 1836—type, by monotypy, "Falco cayanensis et palliatus auct." ... 1 It has been claimed that Leptodon was previously used by Rafinesque for some genus of mollusks, but such is not the case. Rafinesque (Ann. Gén. Sci. Phys., 5, p. 295, Sept., 1820) created for the species Unio leptodon the subgenus Leptodea, which, of course, does not prevent the further use of Sundevall's term for the Cayenne Kite. It appears that nobody except Sherborn (Ind. Anim., sect. sec., p. 3500), who gives the correct spelling of Rafinesque's name, ever consulted the original reference. Authors evidently relied on Scudder (Nomencl. Zool., Supplem. List, p. 185, 1882), in whose work the name is misquoted as "Leptodon."" (Hellmayr & Conover 1949, XIII, 22).
Synon. Cymindis, Micraetus, Odontriorchis.
● William Alexander Forbes (1855-1883) British zoologist, collector in tropical Africa and Brazil (Anumara, syn. Aplopelia simplex, Charadrius, syn. Emberiza affinis, subsp. Halcyon malimbica, subsp. Lagonosticta rara, Leptodon).
● "This new geographical race of the Striped Owl is named for Mr. Dyfrig McH. Forbes, of Potrero Viejo, Veracruz, who, along with his family, has contributed greatly to scientific knowledge by making extensive collections of natural history objects and by assisting personnel connected with various museum expeditions. In the latter regard, the Hacienda Potrero has served as headquarters or temporary abode for numerous field parties of diverse zoological interest" (Lowery & Dalquest 1951) (subsp. Asio clamator).
● Sir Victor Courtenay Walter Forbes (1889-1958) British diplomat in Mexico, Spain and Peru (Atlapetes).
● Henry Ogg Forbes (1851-1932) Scottish botanist, ethnologist, explorer in the East Indies and New Guinea, Director of the Canterbury Mus., New Zealand, 1890-1893, Director of the Liverpool Museums 1894-1911 (Cyanoramphus, syn. Erythrura tricolor, Lonchura, subsp. Myzomela nigrita, Ninox, Rallicula).
● William Cameron Forbes (1870-1959) US banker, diplomat, Commissioner of Philippine Commerce & Police 1904-1908, Vice-Gov. and Gov.-Gen. of the Philippines 1908-1913, Ambassador to Japan 1930-1932 (subsp. Megalurus palustris, syn. Zosterops everetti basilanicus).
UPPERCASE: current genus
Uppercase first letter: generic synonym
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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)