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  • adj. Helen (attributive); used in taxonomic names for organisms having English names of the form "Helen's ..."


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Named in a pseudo-Latin manner for any of several people named Helen.


  • Another remarkable species is the bee hummingbird (Mellisuga helenae) of Cuba.

    Biological diversity in the Caribbean Islands

  • Whereas the EBA contains a total of fifty-three restricted-range birds, this ecoregion contains only some of them, twenty-seven of which are shared with the Central Range montane rain forests ecoregion, one of which is also found in the Central Range sub-alpine grasslands, and two of which are found nowhere else on Earth: the streaked bowerbird (Amblyornis subalaris) and eastern parotia (Parotia helenae).

    Southeastern Papuan rain forests

  • Aegialitis sanctae-helenae, a small plover "very closely allied to a species found in South Africa, but presenting certain differences which entitle it to the rank of a peculiar species" (Wallace, "Island Life," page 294).

    More Letters of Charles Darwin — Volume 1

  • Also to be seen are birds such as the tocororo (Priotelus temnurus), zunzuncito or pájaro mosca (Mellisuga helenae), sabanero (Sturnella magna hipocrepis), cartacuba (Todus multicolor), carpintero jabado (Melanerpes superciliaris) and the bat endemic to the island, Mormopterus minutus.

    Cuban dry forests


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