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  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Rallidae.


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  • Somewhat satisfactorily, the problem of “postera crescam laude” was already knotty in the second or third century, when in his Commentum in Horatium, the North African grammarian and editor Pomponius Porphyrio tagged it with the explanatory remark: “Eleganter, quia semper sunt, quibus haec elocutio noua sit et laudetur.”

    postera crescam laude II

  • American purple gallinule Porphyrio martinicaA medium-sized bird with purple-blue plumage, it inhabits swamps, lagoons, flooded fields and ponds.

    Rare birds flock to British shores in record numbers

  • Important breeding wetland species include marbled teal Marmaronetta angustirostris (VU,35), white-headed duck Oxyura leucocephala (EN,400, which nest mainly in artificial ponds in surrounding areas), white-eyed pochard Aythya niroca (VU), purple gallinule Porphyrio porphyrio and crested coot Fulica cristata.

    Doñana National Park, Spain

  • Key fauna protection programs run by the Department of Conservation in the area focus on species present on the predator-free islands, including tuatara, native frogs, kakapo (Strigops habroptilus CR), the endangered takahe (Porphyrio mantelli), and little spotted kiwi (Apteryx owenii VU).

    Richmond temperate forests

  • The takahe (Porphyrio hochstetteri) is just one of New Zealand's spectacular endemic birds.

    Biological diversity in New Zealand

  • It is also nationally important for breeding African spoonbills (Platalea alba) and purple swamp-hens (Porphyrio porphyrio).

    Inner Niger Delta flooded savanna

  • Species range from the large and colorful purple swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) to several majestic egret species.

    Tenasserim-South Thailand semi-evergreen rain forests

  • (Porphyrio simplex) was shot near the summit of the mountain, and it was evidently a solitary straggler.

    Journal of researches into the geology and natural history of the various countries visited by H.M.S. Beagle

  • Mavortius and Porphyrio, the originals of which were probably discovered at Bobbio by his scholars.

    Horace and His Influence

  • In 1476 was published the first Horace containing both text and notes, which were those of Acro and Porphyrio, and in 1482 appeared Landinus's notes, the first printed commentary on Horace by a modern humanist.

    Horace and His Influence


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