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inornata / inornatum / inornatus

L. inornatus  plain, unadorned  < in-  not; ornatus  adorned, decorated  < ornare  to adorn.


Misspelling from L. inornata plain; “The specimen is very old, and remained for many years unnoticed in the collection of mounted birds ...agrees fairly well with Forster’s drawing of Turdus badius, and may therefore be Turdus ulietensis of Gmelin ...the name of inornata ...was on the stand of the specimen” (Sharpe 1890). “This species is based on a single specimen of unknown origin that was long overlooked in the collection of mounted birds in the British Museum ....The name is attributed to Buller (1887: 25), who mentioned it an account of Aplonis caledonicus (= Aplonis striata) ...It is quite clear that Buller never intended to describe this specimen as a new species. Furthermore, as indicated by Sharpe (1890), the label on the stand actually said “inornata,” and so the spelling in Buller must have been unintentional, as the specimen was not marked “Aplonis mavornata” ...Although the name is obviously misspelt, Buller’s publication gives no internal evidence of this, as would be required to emend it. Thus, according to the present rules of nomenclature, I suppose the name Aplonis mavornata can stand, although the circumstances of its introduction make me most reluctant to accept it” (Olson 1986). This extinct species, originally thought to have been collected in the Society Islands during Cook’s second voyage 1772-1775, was shown by Olson 1986, to have been secured by Andrew Bloxham on the island of Mauke in the southern Cook group in 1825 (Aplonis).


L. ornatus  ornate, adorned, decorated, splendid, embellished  < ornare  to adorn.