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

Roderic Page Roderic.Page at glasgow.ac.uk
Wed Jun 2 15:31:38 CDT 2021

Hi Tony,

I too am confused, I suspect Neal might know more.

Is it possible that these “editions” are conflating "Recueil d'observations de zoologie” with "Relation historique” (see Neal’s account http://hbs.bishopmuseum.org/dating/Evenhuis1997p381.pdf ) and also Gallica https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k97281w ?



On 2 Jun 2021, at 20:54, Tony Rees <tonyrees49 at gmail.com<mailto:tonyrees49 at gmail.com>> wrote:

Thanks, Neal and Rod for responding thus far.

So, thanks to Rod's link on Wikidata, we can see the Humboldt record here (p. 358), cited as Aotus Illiger:
https://www.e-rara.ch/zuz/content/zoom/7538221 . His previous use of "Aotes", considered the correct version in Nomenclator Zoologicus, appears earlier, on p. 307 here: https://www.e-rara.ch/zuz/content/zoom/7538179, however this looks to me like a plural (and also informal) treatment, although I could be wrong...

This is in the edition with "1811" on the title page, actually 1812 according to the work previously cited by Neal i.e. Macgillavry (1930), from which it appears to be Edition 2 of Humboldt's account (actually, by Humboldt & Bonpland). There seems to be an Edition 1 of the same work with the printed date 1805, actual dates 1805-1809, however I do not know if the name(s) appeared there as well. If they did, authorship for "Aotus" should presumably Humboldt, 1809, but ideally one should confirm this with a view of the original; otherwise, Humboldt's name (with date corrected to 1812) would be a later usage of Illiger's name from 1811, if that date is correct (perhaps confirmed by Humboldt's ascription of the name to Illiger).

So thus far I am still a bit confused: so far we have seen Illiger's 1811 work, with the name ascribed to Humboldt, and Humbold's 1812 ("1811") work, in the second edition, with the name ascribed to Illiger; and both Wilson & Reeder (MSW3, 2005) and McKenna & Bell (1997) favour different authorities for this genus - see my initial message for details.

Rod or other, if you can locate Edition 1 of Humboldt & Bonpland's work, we can see if the name "Aotus" appears there, maybe? If it does not, that might explain why Humboldt later ascribed the name to Illiger, which would otherwise make little sense...

Onwards and upwards - Tony

On Wed, 2 Jun 2021 at 17:16, Roderic Page <Roderic.Page at glasgow.ac.uk<mailto:Roderic.Page at glasgow.ac.uk>> wrote:
Hi Neal & Tony,

Interesting. I’ve added that article ("Bibliographische bijdrage II”) to BioStor and Wikidata, and added a few more links to the Wikidata item for "Recueil d'observations de zoologie” https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q56916628 including links to a couple of scanned versions in libraries other than BHL (which lacks volume 1). It would be nice to figure out a clean way to add all the publication date info to this item (and indeed to taxonomic works more generally). The Wikidata model allows for detailed referencing, so we could capture the dates and give credit to those who did the work in establishing them.



On 2 Jun 2021, at 06:50, Neal Evenhuis <neale at bishopmuseum.org<mailto:neale at bishopmuseum.org>> wrote:

Actually, Sherborn did not have the last word on those dates. Macgillavry (1930) corrected many of Sherborn's dates and clarified the two editions, which overlapped dates of publication. His article on the dating of this work is here;

It looks like from this that the date is 1809 and not 1811 or 1812 for livraison 5/6 that contained p. 306, which is what I followed (along with ms notes by Sherborn I used) in my dating of the work in my LTD (1997, p. 381):

Authorship should be Humboldt for new taxa in Vol. I of the "Recueil d'observations".


Neal L. Evenhuis
Senior Curator of Entomology
Bishop Museum
Honolulu, Hawaii  96817-2704, USA

On 6/1/21, 6:45 PM, "Taxacom on behalf of Roderic Page via Taxacom" <taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu<mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu> on behalf of taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu<mailto:taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>> wrote:

   There is information on publications dates here: https://doi.org/10.1080/00222939908678146 (better quality scan in BHL https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/16026148 ).

   If I read Sherborn’s article correctly, Humbolt’s use of the name (credited by him to Illiger) is dated 1812.



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