White-spotted Flufftail / Sarothrura pulchra

White-spotted Flufftail / Sarothrura pulchra

White-spotted Flufftail

SCI Name:  Sarothrura pulchra
Protonym:  Crex Pulchra Anim.Kingd.[Griffith] 8 p.410,542
Category:  Gruiformes / Sarothruridae /
Taxonomy Code:  whsflu1
Type Locality:  No locality = Sierra Leone, ex Latham, Gen. Hist. Bds., 9, p. 379, no. 16.
Author:  
Publish Year:  1829
IUCN Status:  

DEFINITIONS

SAROTHRURA
(Sarothruridae; Ϯ Striped Flufftail S. affinis) Gr. σαρωτρον sarōtron  broom  < σαιρω sairō  to sweep; ουρα oura  tail; "Genus Sarothrura Heine [Corethrura Rchb. 1853 nec Gray 1846]." (Heine 1890); "Sarothrura Heine, in Heine and Reichenow, Nomencl. Mus. Hein. Orn., 1890, p. 319. New name for Corethrura Reichenbach, 1853 (not Corethrura Gray, 1846.) Type, by original designation, Gallinula jardinei A. Smith = Alecthelia lineata Swainson [= Crex affinis A. Smith]." (Peters 1934, II, 194).
Var. Saurothrura.
Synon. Alecthelia, Corethrura, Daseioura, Lemurolimnas.

pulchra
L. pulcher, pulchra beautiful.
● ex “Rufous-headed Rail” of Latham, 1824 (Sarothrura).

SUBSPECIES

White-spotted Flufftail (Northern)
SCI Name: Sarothrura pulchra [pulchra Group]
SAROTHRURA
(Sarothruridae; Ϯ Striped Flufftail S. affinis) Gr. σαρωτρον sarōtron  broom  < σαιρω sairō  to sweep; ουρα oura  tail; "Genus Sarothrura Heine [Corethrura Rchb. 1853 nec Gray 1846]." (Heine 1890); "Sarothrura Heine, in Heine and Reichenow, Nomencl. Mus. Hein. Orn., 1890, p. 319. New name for Corethrura Reichenbach, 1853 (not Corethrura Gray, 1846.) Type, by original designation, Gallinula jardinei A. Smith = Alecthelia lineata Swainson [= Crex affinis A. Smith]." (Peters 1934, II, 194).
Var. Saurothrura.
Synon. Alecthelia, Corethrura, Daseioura, Lemurolimnas.

White-spotted Flufftail (Southern)
SCI Name: Sarothrura pulchra centralis
centralis
L. centralis, centrale  central, in the middle  < centrum  middle point, centre  < Gr. κεντρον kentron  sharp point, stationary point of a pair of compasses.  A good proportion of the names here refer to forms collected in "Central Africa," i.e. the eastern Congo and the Rift Valley lakes (e.g. subsp. Bradypterus baboecala, subsp. Chlorocichla flaviventris, subsp. Malimbus rubricollis, subsp. Sarothrura pulchra, subsp. Turdus pelios).  Some further examples follow.
• "Dieselbe steht in Bezug auf Grösse zwischen cardinalis und massaicus in der Mitte." (Neumann 1900) (subsp. Dendropicos fuscescens).  
• "Distribution. Endemic to Peru on east Andean slope from Río Huallaga through Pasco to Junín west of the Río Ene and north of the Río Mantaro  ...  The scientific name reflects the range of this species near the geographic center of Peru." (Hosner et al. in M. Isler et al. 2020) (Grallaria).
• "Intermediate in size between N. f. flavicollis (Vieill.) and N. f. melanoxantha (Lcht.)" (Hellmayr 1907) (subsp. Hemithraupis flavicollis).
• "These birds are intermediate between N. famosa and N. cupreonitens, and resemble birds labelled by Neumann in the Tring Museum with the MS. name Nectarinia famosa centralis" (van Someren 1916) (subsp. Nectarinia famosa).
• "RANGE. —Eastern part of the central Solomon Islands (Kulambangra, New Georgia, Vangunu, and Gatukai)." (Mayr 1932) (subsp. Pachycephala pectoralis).
• "zentralbrasilianischen Hochlandes (Matto-grosso.  S. Goyaz.  N.-São Paulo.  W.-Minas Geraës)" (Hellmayr 1920) (subsp. Ramphocelus carbo).
• "the Central American form is named CICCABA VIRGATA CENTRALIS, subsp. nov.  ...  Chivela, Oaxaca, Mexico." (Griscom 1929) (subsp. Strix virgata).
• "Tang- (Dang-) la Range, Central Tibet, Tang-la Pass" (Sushkin 1926) (subsp. Tetraogallus tibetanus).