MULLERIPICUS

(Picidae; Ϯ Great Slaty Woodpecker M. pulverulentus) Salomon Müller (1804-1864) German explorer, collector in the East Indies (cf. specific name Hemilophus muelleri Bonaparte, 1850 (= syn. M. pulverulentus)); L. picus  woodpecker; "3. HEMILOPHUS, Sw.   a. Mulleripicus, Bp. — 15. pulverulentus, Temm. (mackloti, Wagl. — mulleri, Bp.)" (Bonaparte 1854); "Hemilophus a Mulleripicus Bonaparte, Ateneo Italiano, 2, May, 1854, p. 122. (Consp. Vol. Zygodact., p. 7.) Type, by monotypy, Picus pulverulentus Temminck.   ...   Hemilophus Swainson, 1837, the oldest name for this genus is preoccupied by Hemilophus Audinet-Serville, 1835, Coleoptera." (Peters 1948, VI, 149). The student who delves into Prince Bonaparte’s passion for coining new names will find some fascinating material, but will be frustrated by the lack of explanation accompanying a large portion of them. Many of his contemporaries, and subsequent ornithologists of a less intuitive perception, were horrified and dismayed by his disregard for grammar and the classics. He was the darling of French ornithologists, who regarded him as “l’un des ornithologistes les plus célèbres de l’Europe”, but Cabanis raged about barbarisms which were neither Greek nor Latin, Coues dismissed his later work as worthless and pernicious, and Sharpe refused to recognise or use any of the Prince’s “nonsense- names” such as Mulleripicus, Graydidascalus, Kaupifalco and Reinwardtoena.
Var. Muelleripicus.
Synon. Alophonerpes, AlophusHemilophus, Lichtensteinipicus, Macropicus, Microstictus.

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Recommended citation
Jobling, J. A. (2019). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2019). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from www.hbw.com on 23 January 2019).