[Taxacom] Correct authorship for the genus Aotus (Mammalia)?

Roderic Page Roderic.Page at glasgow.ac.uk
Tue Jun 1 23:29:36 CDT 2021

Hi Tony,

Regarding "Recueil d'observations de zoologie et d'anatomie comparée. Tome 1" it doesn’t seem to be in BHL but is in Gallica

P. 306 https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k10405675/f322.item
P. 358  https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k10405675/f374.item

On 306 it is described as Aotes:

"Cette nouvelle famille de singe, que l'on pourroit désigner par le nom d'Aotes est caractérisée par une tête de chat ; par de grands yeux jaunes, incapables de soutenir la lumière du jour ; par l'absence presque totale de l'oreille externe ; par une queue non prenante et beaucoup plus longue que le corps. “

On 358 it’s listed as Aotus, Illiger



On 2 Jun 2021, at 04:59, Tony Rees via Taxacom <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu<mailto:taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>> wrote:

Dear Taxacomers,

I am interested in obtaining the correct authorship for the genus Aotus
(Mammalia), known as night monkeys.

McKenna & Bell, 1997, gives the authorship as "Humboldt, 1811, p. 358"

Nomenclator Zoologicus has "Aotes Humboldt 1811 Rec. Obs. Zool., 1, 306 (as
Aotus p. 358)."

MSW3 (Wilson & Reeder) has:
Aotus   Author: Illiger, 1811. Citation: Prodr. Syst. Mamm. Avium.: 71.

(most other sources also say Illiger, 1811, including e.g. ITIS, which
follows MSW3 in the main I believe)

The Illiger source is online at BHL here:

where it says: "Genus 11. AOTUS Humboldt."

AnimalBase ( a good source for early zoological literature) does not seem
to have an entry for either Aotus or Aotes.

So who is the author for this genus, and should the Illiger ascription be
considered a later usage? (I have not located the Humboldt original, but it
is probably on line somewhere).

All advice appreciated - or pointer to where this may have already been
discussed elsewhere.

Regards - Tony
Tony Rees, New South Wales, Australia
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