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(syn. Pavo Ϯ Green Peafowl P. muticus) Specific name Pavo spiciferus Shaw, 1804 (= syn. Pavo muticus); "Subf. 12. Pavoninæ.  ...  28. Spiciferus, Bp.  71. muticus, L.  (japonensis, Br.  javanicus, Horsf.  spiciferus, Vieill.  aldrovandi, Wils.)" (Bonaparte 1856).


L. spicifer  spike-bearing  < spica  spike, point; -fera  -carrying  < ferre  to carry (cf. spicifer  wearing ears of corn); ex “Spicifère” of de Buffon 1770-1783 (syn. Pavo muticus).