The Key to Scientific Names

Edited by James A. Jobling
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(Accipitridae; Ϯ Egyptian Vulture N. percnopterus) Gr. myth. Neophron, jealous son of Timandre, a lover of Aegypius.  Neophron, in turn, seduced the latter's mother, Bulis, and then tricked Aegypius into sleeping with her!  Neophron and Aegypius were metamorphosed into vultures; Bulis into a heron, and Timandre into a hawk or small bird; "3. NEOPHRON.  Bec délié; cire molle, inclinée, très-avancée; narines longitudinales: langue mutique: quatorze rectrices.  ...  GENRE III, NEOPHRON.  ...  ESPÈCE.  3. NEOPHRON Percnopterus.  Le Percnoptère." (de Savigny 1809); "Neophron Savigny, Descr. Égypte, Ois., 1, 1809, p. 68, 75 and 76. Type, by monotypy, Vultur percnopterus Linné." (Peters, 1931, I, p. 263).
Var. Nophron.
Synon. Abernius, Percnopterus.


(CathartidaeϮ False Vulture N. americanus) Genus Neophron de Savigny, 1809, vulture; Gr. ωψ ōps  countenance, appearance; "Humerus.—This bone in the fossil species is practically identical with that of the Recent Neophron.  ...  Certainly no tangible difference is noticeable to the writer." (L. Miller 1916).

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