Territornis

(syn. Microptilotis Ϯ White-lined Honeyeater M. albilineatus) Northern Territory, Australia; Gr. ορνις ornis, ορνιθος ornithos  bird; "PTILOTIS ALBILINEATA  ...  King River, Northern Territory.  ...  GENUS-- PTILOTULA.  PTILOTULA Mathews, Nov. Zool., Vol. XVIII., p. 414, Jan. 31st, 1912.  Type (by monotypy)  ...  Ptilotis flavescens Gould.  ...  NOTE. -- The species Ptilotis albilineata White (p. 457) shows sufficient differences to warrant it being placed in a subgenus TERRITORNIS albilineata." (Mathews 1924). Gregory Mathews was an Australian millionaire who threw himself wholeheartedly into the study of Australasian birds, being especially interested in nomenclature, although much of his work was not highly regarded. He indulged himself by coining hundreds of fresh generic and specific names but, like Prince Bonaparte before him, had scant regard for the niceties of Latin and Greek grammar or composition, and seemed to delight in coining barbaric anagrams, outrageous eponyms, obscure toponyms, and neo-Latinisms based on all manner of foreign tongues (see also zanda).

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Jobling, J. A. (2018). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2018). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from www.hbw.com on 18 December 2018).