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  1. andrew147

    Type species of mammalian genera

    Hi, I'm looking for a mammalian taxonomy resource (or resources) which clearly shows (1) designated type species and (2) generic synonyms. The best thing I have is Wilson's 'Mammal Species of the World' but it's a bit inconsistent with the information provided. Anyone have suggestion for a...
  2. andrew147

    Birds of Madagascar

    Hawkins, F., Safford, R. and Skerrett, A. (2015) Birds of Madagascar and the Indian Ocean Islands (Helm Field Guides) New book awaiting publication has a small section entitled ‘New Genera in-waiting’ wherein the following spp are discussed: ‘Falco’ zoniventris Banded Kestrel (“Large Falco...
  3. andrew147


    A question for nomenclature experts: what is the correct use of the name Coraciura? Bonaparte's (1854) use of Coraciura seems to refer to Coracias cyanogaster and Roberts' (1940) name refers to C. caudatus. Is Bonaparte's name invalid ('nomen nudum')? If so, does Coraciura then rightfully...
  4. andrew147

    African Barbets (Boetticher, 1951)

    Hello, I'm trying to identify the type species for the following generic names by Boetticher, Zool. Anz. 1951. My usual resources are failing me! Is anyone able to state/confirm types for the following and, if possible, direct me to a suitable (online) resource. Leucolybius (= Lybius...
  5. andrew147

    Status of 'unofficial' birds in Costa Rica

    Are any experts on Costa Rican avifauna able to help with a query? The following list is of species that are rumoured to occur/have occured in Costa Rica but are not on the 2013 official list. There are numerous other 'unofficial' species - but the following are less well documented (or...
  6. andrew147

    'New' Tinamou?

    Apologies if this matter has been elucidated before - I can only find a brief reference on the 'undescribed' thread. I was just reading a oldish paper on tinamous (Bertelli et al (2002) A Phylogeny of the Tinamous (Aves: Palaeognathiformes) based on Integumentary Characters; Syst. Biol...
  7. andrew147


    Two questions regarding nomenclature used on John Boyd's excellent site. (1) Megalaima/Psilopogon As I understand it, to establish monophyletic groups, these genera must either be merged or several additional genera (Xantholaema, Chotorea, Cyanops at least) must be recognised. However, if the...
  8. andrew147

    Scytalopus novacapitalis

    Hi, does anyone know the rationale for retaining novacapitalis in Scytalopus? On morphological and biogeographical grounds it seems closer to indigoticus/psychopompus - now almost universally separated in Eleoscytalopus. Indeed, novacapitalis has been considered a subspecies of indigoticus in...
  9. andrew147

    Melanerpes santacruzi

    I know that 2 previous posts have discussed recent developments concerning Golden-fronted Woodpeckers, but I'm a little confused regarding the internal taxonomy of the Southern group, specifically the relationships of non-Mexican subspp. Navarro-Sigüenza & Peterson group Mexican races into 3...