[Taxacom] species name etymology

John Grehan calabar.john at gmail.com
Sun Feb 25 22:28:01 CST 2018

I had an off list suggestion from the botanical world where  the protologue
in that case specifically refers to a tile-like pattern, and also referred
to Stearn's (1983) Botanical Latin  "Tegula (s.f. I): tile, tiled roof,
involucral scale, phyllary."

So in this case the term may have been used to describe the mottled wing
pattern of the species (this would also work for the mollusc species that I
looked up which had a mottled pattern on the shell).

Many thanks,

John Grehan

On Sun, Feb 25, 2018 at 10:52 PM, John Grehan <calabar.john at gmail.com>

> Thanks. That had crossed my mind, but there is nothing distinctive about
> the tegulae of this species and any other. The species was named in the
> 1800's and not dissected so I am assuming, unless hearing otherwise, that
> the name is descriptive in some way. If knew what the word derivation was I
> might be able to figure it out. I probably need a good Latin or Greek
> dictionary.
> On Sun, Feb 25, 2018 at 10:44 PM, Stephen Thorpe <
> stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz> wrote:
>> It presumably refers to the tegulae
>> --------------------------------------------
>> On Mon, 26/2/18, John Grehan <calabar.john at gmail.com> wrote:
>>  Subject: [Taxacom] species name etymology
>>  To: "taxacom" <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
>>  Received: Monday, 26 February, 2018, 4:28 PM
>>  Dear colleagues,
>>  This is a question for any with
>>  specialist knowledge of species name
>>  etymology.  I am curious about the
>>  possible derivation of the name of a
>>  moth called Aenetus tegulatus. The
>>  original author says nothing about the
>>  choice and I wondered if the term had
>>  any particular meaning in terms of
>>  Latin or Greek roots. I know absolutely
>>  nothing about such matters but hope
>>  that there are some on this list who
>>  do. I looked up tegulatus on the web
>>  and came up with a spider and a
>>  mollusc, but in neither case any reference
>>  to the name choice.
>>  Many thanks,
>>  John Grehan
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