The Key to Scientific Names

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Pallenia (See: Pallene)
Pallene

(Apodidae; syn. Hirundapus † Brown-backed Needletail H. giganteus). Gr. Pallene, an Attic deme or township.  In ornithology Attic place-names and persons were commonly coined for genera and species of swallows and swifts; "III. Les PALLÈNES sont des martinets à tarses alongés et robustes, entièrement nus jusqu'au talon.  ...  1º Le géant   ...   2º Le vieillard   ...   3º Le blanc-col    ...   Cypselus giganteus, Van Hass., Temm., pl. 364.   ...   C. senex, Temm., pl. 397.   ...   Cypselus colaris [sic], Wied., it., t. I, p. 108; Temm., pl. 195; hirundo albicollis, Vieill., Gal., pl. 120.   ...   1  Pallène (nom mythologique)." (Lesson, 1837, Compl. de Buffon, VIII, p. 493 (vernacular name only)); "PALLENE Less. (1837).  Cypselus, Van Hass.   P. giganteus, (Van Hass.) Less., Pl. col. 364." (G. Gray 1841);  "Pallene "Less." G. Gray, 1841, List Genera Birds, 2nd ed., p. 11.  Type, by original designation, P. giganteus (Van Hass.) Less., i.e. Cypselus giganteus "V. Hass." Temminck, 1825." (JAJ 2021). 
Var. Pallenia, Pallenis.


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