Weaver Wednesday  - Discovery : Cassin's Malimbe2015-11-04 (679)
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Cassin's Malimbe Malimbus cassini
IntroductionCassin's Malimbe was formally described by Daniel Giraud Elliot, an American zoologist. Elliot named this species after John Cassin, an American ornithologist and curator of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia (ANSP), now Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.
The Cassin's Malimbe had been collected for and purchased by one of the Verreaux brothers. It had been collected in Gabon in May 1859. One of the active collectors there was Paul Belloni Du Chaillu, a French-American traveler, zoologist, and anthropologist. Du Chaillu explored West Africa from 1855-59 near the equator, especially around Gabon, so he is the likely collector.
Only the male was described initially, and the female was described many years later.
The first illustration was of a male Cassin's Malimbe by Elliot (1876), a few years after he described the species. The next illustration was published many decades later by Bannerman (1949), and pictured both male and female, although not in colour.
Scientific citationSycobius cassini Elliot 1859, Ibis, 1859, p.392 Gabon.
Meaning of namescassini - After John Cassin (1813-1869) US ornithologist, who described several weaver species.
First English nameBlack-throated Malimbe (Sclater 1930), decades after it was first described.
Alternate namesBlack-throated Malimbe.
Collectorvia the Verreaux business, possibly collected by Du Chaillu.
Date collectedMay 1859.
Type specimensThe type specimen is in the British Museum (BM 18220.127.116.11).