Bonaparte - taxonomic author

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Subject: Bonaparte - taxonomic author
From: Syd Curtis <>
Date: Wed, 08 Jun 2005 06:35:53 +1000
Ornithological literature shows the Albert's Lyrebird as Menura alberti
(Bonaparte), indicating that the species was described and named by
Bonaparte.  This in 1850.

I have the impression that somewhere Alec Chisholm wrote that Gould got the
first specimen and intended to call it alberti.  But I may have that wrong.

I'd be grateful if someone on birding-aus could tell me who Bonaparte was,
and how he came to do the naming.



BTW, HANZAB records that the species was named for "Franz August Karl
Albrecht Emmanuel, Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha" -  Very impressive!
(But he was better known as Prince Albert, Consort of Queen Victoria.)


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