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I assume the IOC List treats erlangeri as a separate species. Perhaps in the future, to avoid confusion, we should state which list/system is being followed.

Yes; IOC splits erlangeri, but lumps eremica into blanfordi.

All those various IOC lists are just different formats for the same list. Mostly you just want the "Master list" to peruse their taxonomy, or the "Life list+" if you want to record into a spreadsheet (though IOC changes fast enough - four times a year - that I'd recommend software that can handle the updates rather than manual spreadsheet entry).


laurent raty
Yes; IOC splits erlangeri, but lumps eremica into blanfordi.
...which used to be a rather widespread treatment -- Erlanger's Lark, monotypic; Blanford's Lark, with sspp blanfordi, eremica and daroodensis. (It's also the treatment that was adopted in the paper edition of HBW.)

blanfordi being close to erlangeri rather than to the other two, emerged as a surprise from the results of Stervander et al 2016 ([pdf here]; see posts #3 et seq. above). Interestingly, the text of the Illustrated Checklist doesn't even cite Stervander et al., and suggests that the BirdLife team reached the same conclusion based on morphology.


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Björn Bergenholtz

... earlier a k a "Calalp"
Thanks guys, for all your help sorting out this query!

Well, I´m content: Thereby that certain "T. ruficeps", mentioned by Shelley in 1902, was/is the equal of today's erlangeri NEUMANN 1906.

Dr. Blanford sure must have been quite a sharp-eyed birder in those days. ;)

"T. ruficeps" ... over and out!

Peter Kovalik

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Calandrella eremica, Calandrella erlangeri

Martin Stervander, Per Alström, Urban Olsson, Ulf Ottosson, Bengt Hansson, Staffan Bensch. Multiple instances of paraphyletic species and cryptic taxa revealed by mitochondrial and nuclear RAD data for Calandrella larks (Aves: Alaudidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. In Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available online 26 May 2016.


IOC Updates Diary July 2

Accept split of Rufous-capped Lark

Treat Erlanger’s Lark as subspecies of Blanford’s Lark

Peter Kovalik

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Calandrella dukhunensis

Alström, P., Sundev, G. Mongolian Short-toed Lark Calandrella dukhunensis, an overlooked East Asian species. J Ornithol (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10336-020-01819-z


The eastern subspecies of Greater Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla dukhunensis has recently been considered a separate species, Calandrella dukhunensis, by several authors based on molecular data. We present supporting evidence for this treatment based on studies of morphology, vocalisations and song-flight, and also present new data on other aspects of its biology based on field studies. We show that its breeding distribution is considerably smaller than previously thought, and is restricted to the eastern half of Mongolia and, marginally, neighbouring parts of China and perhaps Russia.

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