[Taxacom] Ethiopian versus Afrotropical
jgrehan at sciencebuff.org
Thu Aug 14 08:27:22 CDT 2008
My understanding is that only the Eritrian part of Ethiopia was occupied - by the Italians for some decades.
On the origin of the name, my recollection is similar to the following that I pulled off the web (so may be incorrect).
The name of Ethiopia represents the Greek word for its native inhabitants. This was "aithiops" (= "burnt appearance"), from "aitho" (I burn) and "opsis" (aspect, appearance). The indigenous name, Abyssinia, may come from an Amharic root "hbs", meaning "mixed," but some Amharic scholars dispute this origin.
> to the best of my knowledge Ethiopia was never a colony and I would
> suppose that they chose their name themselves, sometime in their 3000
> year history.
> 'Kenya' is also a genuinely Kenyan name. You might mix that up with
> Rhodesia and Zimbabwe, German Southwest Africa and Namibia, French Sudan
> for Mali etc. This does not apply to Ethiopia...
> Fabian Haas wrote:
> > Being in Africa, just south of Ethiopa, in Kenya, I do agree with
> > Jacque, that the only reason for avoiding Ethiopian in this meaning is
> > the possible confusing with the state of Ethiopia. No connotations and
> > preferences apart from that.
> > To my recollection all colleagues (no matter where they come from) here
> > at icipe use Afrotropical and sub-Saharan instead of Ethiopian when
> > refering to this large region. Ethiopian is only use when refering to
> > the country.
> > best
> > Fabian
> > JOCQUE Rudy wrote:
> >> "Afrotropical" is indeed synonym of "Ethiopian" in the large
> biogeographical sense. The former was adopted in analogy with names as
> Palaearctic, Nearctic, Neotropical. I never heard the idea that
> "Ethiopian" was left because of bad connotations. It is simply because
> Ethiopian could lead to confusion as it could mean "restricted to
> Ethiopia" referring to the political entity, or "restricted to the
> tropical area of Africa".
> >> That is why we gave our journal the name "Journal of Afrotropical
> Zoology" and not Journal of Ethiopian Zoology. I spoke with zoologists
> from that country about the matter and they certainly were in favor of our
> >> Herewith part of the editorial in the first issue.
> >> The Journal of Afrotropical Zoology is obviously devoted to the biology
> of animals living in the tropical part of Africa, including the islands
> with that climatic regime but excluding the area north of the Sahara.
> Although the divide between the Afrotropical and the Palaearctic realms is
> not clear-cut, it is common knowledge that it lies somewhere near the
> Tropic of Cancer (23°30'N), although some of the mountain areas south of
> it may contain Palaearctic elements and vice versa for more northern
> ranges. To the south, the entirety of Africa is included, although the
> southern tip of the continent is known to have a temperate climate.
> However, there is no clear zoological boundary between tropical and
> southern temperate and it is generally accepted that the Afrotropical
> realm includes all of South Africa.
> >> Rudy JOCQUÉ
> >> Head of Invertebrates non-insects section
> >> Royal Museum for Central Africa
> >> Department of African Zoology
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> >> Tel.: +32 2 769 54 10 Fax : +32 2 769 56 95
> >> JOURNAL OF AFROTROPICAL ZOOLOGY
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> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu [mailto:taxacom-
> bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of John D. Oswald
> >> Sent: mercredi 13 août 2008 17:36
> >> To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
> >> Subject: [Taxacom] Ethiopian versus Afrotropical
> >> Can anyone provide commentary on the appropriateness, preference,
> >> subtleties involved in using the term Ethiopian, versus Afrotropical,
> >> referring to the biogeographic faunal region that generally encompasses
> >> sub-Saharan Africa and parts of the southern/southeastern Arabian
> >> peninsula? Is usage here largely determined by the historical usage
> >> found in the literature of different taxa? Does this usage vary
> >> appreciably based on where one works (e.g., do biologists in Africa
> >> to use one term, while biologists in other areas of the world tend to
> >> use the other)? Which is the 'better' term, and why? Are there
> >> substantive reasons for using one term over the other? Are the terms
> >> considered synonymous in general usage, or are there important
> >> subtleties of meaning implicit in each? Is there a concise discussion
> >> these issues in the literature somewhere (citations please...)?
> >> John Oswald
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