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Old Wednesday 6th May 2020, 11:13   #1
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Caspian and Armenian Stonechats

An interesting article on stonechats in the Caucasus questions the recent changes in taxonomy of Caspian and Armenian Stonechats.

V.M. Loskot & G.B. Bakhtadze. 2020. Distribution, systematics and nomenclature of the three taxa of Common Stonechats (Aves, Passeriformes, Muscicapidae, Saxicola) that breed in the Caucasian region. Zoosystematica Rossica, 29(1): 33–57.

See the abstract here - http://zin.ru/journals/zsr/content.asp?year=2020

Plus a quote from the paper. "In the last decade, some propositions were published involving a radical change in views on the type locality of S. m. variegatus, boundaries of the breeding area of S. m. armenicus, and the nomenclature of both these taxa (Mlikovský, 2011; Svensson et al., 2012; Shirihai & Svensson, 2018). Opaev et al. (2018) noted that these statements are unwarranted but did not present substantial evidences thereof; here we clarified these issues."

It appears that we may go back to variegatus for Caspian and armenicus for Armenian.

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Old Wednesday 6th May 2020, 16:12   #2
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An interesting article on stonechats in the Caucasus questions the recent changes in taxonomy of Caspian and Armenian Stonechats.

V.M. Loskot & G.B. Bakhtadze. 2020. Distribution, systematics and nomenclature of the three taxa of Common Stonechats (Aves, Passeriformes, Muscicapidae, Saxicola) that breed in the Caucasian region. Zoosystematica Rossica, 29(1): 33–57.

See the abstract here - http://zin.ru/journals/zsr/content.asp?year=2020

Plus a quote from the paper. "In the last decade, some propositions were published involving a radical change in views on the type locality of S. m. variegatus, boundaries of the breeding area of S. m. armenicus, and the nomenclature of both these taxa (Mlikovský, 2011; Svensson et al., 2012; Shirihai & Svensson, 2018). Opaev et al. (2018) noted that these statements are unwarranted but did not present substantial evidences thereof; here we clarified these issues."

It appears that we may go back to variegatus for Caspian and armenicus for Armenian.

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It will be interesting to read Lars Svensson's response... There must be many papers in the Russian language that remain unknown to 'western' researchers, but when catalogued but unpublished material becomes key, then some rearrangement may be required; for example, from the paper:

"Data on the altitudinal and habitat distributions of S. m. armenicus in the Zagros Mountains, Western Iran, are compiled from the unpublished manuscript 'From Shat-el’-Araba to [Mount] Ararat along the Persian-Turkish Border. Diary of the journey and zoological studies in 1914' by Petr Vladimirovich Nesterov. Nesterov completed this manuscript on 1 May 1916; the manuscript includes 283 pages of Russian text written in black and blue ink."
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It will be interesting to read Lars Svensson's response... There must be many papers in the Russian language that remain unknown to 'western' researchers, but when catalogued but unpublished material becomes key, then some rearrangement may be required; for example, from the paper:

"Data on the altitudinal and habitat distributions of S. m. armenicus in the Zagros Mountains, Western Iran, are compiled from the unpublished manuscript 'From Shat-el’-Araba to [Mount] Ararat along the Persian-Turkish Border. Diary of the journey and zoological studies in 1914' by Petr Vladimirovich Nesterov. Nesterov completed this manuscript on 1 May 1916; the manuscript includes 283 pages of Russian text written in black and blue ink."
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Fascinating stuff, I should think Nesterov’s diary would be a great read too!
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