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Pied Myna (1 Viewer)

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Will Jones
Hungary
As far as I can see, we missed this paper.

Pratibha Baveja, Kritika M. Garg, Balaji Chattopadhyay, Keren R. Sadanandan, Dewi M. Prawiradilaga, Pramana Yuda, Jessica G. H. Lee & Frank E. Rheindt 2020. Using historical genome‐wide DNA to unravel the confused taxonomy in a songbird lineage that is extinct in the wild. Evolutionary Applications DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/eva.13149

Abstract
Urgent conservation action for terminally endangered species is sometimes hampered by taxonomic uncertainty, especially in illegally traded animals that are often cross‐bred in captivity. To overcome these problems, we used a genomic approach to analyze historical DNA from museum samples across the Asian Pied Starling (Gracupica contra) complex in tropical Asia, a popular victim of the ongoing songbird crisis whose distinct Javan population (“Javan Pied Starling”) is extinct in the wild and subject to admixture in captivity. Comparing genomic profiles across the entire distribution, we detected three deeply diverged lineages at the species level characterized by a lack of genomic intermediacy near areas of contact. Our study demonstrates that the use of historical DNA can be instrumental in delimiting species in situations of taxonomic uncertainty, especially when modern admixture may obfuscate species boundaries. Results of our research will enable conservationists to commence a dedicated ex situ breeding program for the Javan Pied Starling, and serve as a blueprint for similar conservation problems involving terminally endangered species subject to allelic infiltration from close congeners.

And from the IOC diary:
Dec 16 Post proposed split of Pied Myna into three species.

The three proposed names are: Indian, Siamese and Javan Pied Myna
 

Jim LeNomenclatoriste

Taxonomy and zoological nomenclature
France
As far as I can see, we missed this paper.

Pratibha Baveja, Kritika M. Garg, Balaji Chattopadhyay, Keren R. Sadanandan, Dewi M. Prawiradilaga, Pramana Yuda, Jessica G. H. Lee & Frank E. Rheindt 2020. Using historical genome‐wide DNA to unravel the confused taxonomy in a songbird lineage that is extinct in the wild. Evolutionary Applications DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/eva.13149



And from the IOC diary:


The three proposed names are: Indian, Siamese and Javan Pied Myna
Added Gracupica floweri in my own checklist as "Étourneau de Flower" ou "Étourneau de Thaïlande"
 
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ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Colombia
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