[Taxacom] species name etymology

Geoff Read gread at actrix.gen.nz
Sun Feb 25 22:58:06 CST 2018

I like to check out the people of the genera names:

Aenetus (Hist) a governor of Ephesus under Demetrius, who lost the city
through the stratagems of Lycus and Andrun.

Aenetus (Biog) a victor at the Olympic games, who died from excess of  Joy
at the moment of receiving the crown.

For a massive Latin dictionary online go to Lewis & Short:



On Mon, February 26, 2018 5:28 pm, John Grehan wrote:
> 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>
> wrote:
>> 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

Geoffrey B. Read, Ph.D.
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND
gread at actrix.gen.nz

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