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Species Status Codes

AL - Accepted Lumps for species that are deemed to be conspecific and are DELETED

AS - Accepted Splits that we deem valid and ADD to Master List

DEL – Deleted from Master List or from active consideration of Proposed Splits

DIS - Changes or corrections of a species Range

ENG – Changes or corrections of English names

EXT--Extinct Taxon

NEW - a newly described taxon as opposed to a revision of prior taxonomy, splits or lumps

PHY – Change that reflects new information on the phylogenetic relationships of the taxon

PL - Proposed Lumps for species that are likely to be treated as conspecific with another taxon and that may be DELETED

PS - Proposed Splits for splits that are being reviewed

TAX - Change of scientific name, including issues of nomenclature (priority, gender etc) and revisions of genera

Taxonomic Updates

This page tracks revisions of species taxonomy and nomenclature including genera and families. Revisions of subspecies taxonomy and nomenclature are posted separately on Updates/Subspecies.

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 182 Leptocoma sericea Black Sunbird Leptocoma aspasia TAX LeCroy, 2010, Dickinson et al 2015, Beehler & Pratt, 2016.

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28 Egretta intermedia Intermediate Egret Ardea intermedia TAX

Move Intermediate Egret from Egretta to Ardea (Sheldon et al. 2000, Zhou et al. 2014)

89 Picidae (Dendropicini)

Dendrocopos, Picoides, Dendropicos, Veniliornis

 

Pied woodpeckers Revise generic classification with  6 new  ones (Yungipicus, Dendrocoptes, Leiopicus, Chloropicus, Dryobates, Leuconotopicus) and move Sapheopipo to Dendrocopos) PHY, TAX

Fuchs et al. 2015

114 Synallaxis whitneyi Bahia Spinetail  Synallaxis cinerea  TAX Synallaxis whitneyi Pacheco & Gonzaga is a junior subjective synonym of Synallaxis cinerea Wied (SACC 692)
164 Zosterops ugiensis Grey-throated White-eye Zosterops rendovae TAX  The use of Z. rendovae Tristram, 1882 rather than Z. ugiensis (Ramsay, EP, 1882) follows Mees, 1955, 1961 and van Balen 2008 (HBW 13). Z. rendovae Tristram, January 1882 is a nomen novum for Zosterops olivaceus (Ramsay, 1881), which is preoccupied, and so rendovae, olivaceus and ugiensis Ramsay, published after January 1882 are all based on the same type specimen. (R. Schodde, in litt).

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 39 Gallinula angulata Lesser Moorhen Paragallinula angulata   TAX García-R et al 2014, Sangster et al. 2015
 39 Gallinula melanops Spot-flanked Gallinule Porphyriops melanops   TAX SACC 651, Sangster et al. 2015
 57 Mascarinus mascarin Mascarene Parrot Mascarinus mascarinus TAX Change species epithet from mascarin to mascarinus to conform with treatment of similarly configured species epithets described in Linnaeus 1771.
 99 Suiriri islerorum Chapada Flycatcher Suiriri affinis  TAX Nomenclatural change required after examination of type series of affinis showed that it is actually referable to Chapada Flycatcher. S. islerorum Zimmer et al 2001, becomes a junior synonym. Kirwan et al, 2014.  SACC 671.
 211 Spiza americana Dickcissel   PHY, SEQ Resequence Spiza as sister to blue cardinals (Cyanocompsa) (Klicka et al. 2000, 2007, Bryson et al. 2014, SACC)
 211 Parkerthraustes humeralis Yellow-shouldered Grosbeak PHY, SEQ Yellow-shouldered Grosbeak is a tanager (Klicka et al. 2007); resequence to end of Thraupidae (SACC 512)

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24 Puffinus pacificus Wedge-tailed Shearwater Ardenna pacifica  PHY, TAX The genus Puffinus is polyphyletic; separate pacifica, bulleri, grisea, tenuirostris, creatopus, carneipes and gravis to Ardenna (Penhallurick & Wink 2004, Christidis & Boles 2008, H&M4, SACC)
24 Puffinus bulleri Buller’s Shearwater Ardenna bulleri  PHY, TAX
24 Puffinus griseus Sooty Shearwater Ardenna grisea  PHY, TAX
24 Puffinus tenuirostris Short-tailed Shearwater Ardenna tenuirostris  PHY, TAX
24 Puffinus creatopus Pink-footed Shearwater Ardenna creatopus  PHY, TAX
24 Puffinus carneipes Flesh-footed Shearwater Ardenna carneipes  PHY, TAX
24 Puffinus gravis Great Shearwater Ardenna gravis  PHY, TAX
 91 Dryocopus galeatus Helmeted Woodpecker Celeus galeatus  PHY, TAX Benz et al.. 2015, Lammertink et al. 2015
141 Petroica multicolor Pacific Robin Petroica pusilla TAX Species epithet pusilla has priority with split of Norfolk Robin (P. multicolor)
194 Leucosticte sillemi Sillem’s Mountain Finch Carpodacus sillemi PHY, TAX Sangster et al. 2016

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37 Canirallus sp  African Wood Rails Move from Rallidae to Sarothruridae PHY, TAX

Canirallus rails are sister to flufftails (Sarothrura) (Garcia et al 2014)

50 Ectopistes migratorius Passenger Pigeon Resequence genus to follow Zentrygon PHY, SEQ

Johnson & Weckstein 2011, Banks et al 2013

50 Zenaida spp Doves Resequence genus to follow Zentrygon /Ectopistes PHY, SEQ

Johnson & Weckstein 2011, Banks et al 2013

51 Geotrygon veraguensis Olive-backed Quail-Dove Leptotrygon veraguensis PHY, TAX

Leptotrygon is a new genus  for veraguensis which is more closely related to Leptotila than to Geotrygon (Banks et al 2013).

51 Geotrygon spp (8) Quail-Doves Zentrygon  (carrikeri, costaricenis, lawrencii, albifacies, frenata, linearis, chiriquensis, goldmani) PHY, TAX, SEQ

Zentrygon is a new genus  for the clade of quail-doves that are related to Zenaida doves (Johnson & Weckstein 2011, Banks et al, 2013).

51 Gallicolumba spp (12) Ground Doves Alopecoenas  spp PHY, TAX

Gallicolumba is biphyletic, with a Philippine radiation and a Pacific radiation related to Leucosarcia, Geopelia and the Australian bronze pigeons; restore Alopecoenas for members of the Pacific radiation (Jønsson et al 2011, Moyle et al 2013). Genus is masculine, adjust gender of subgeneric taxa to agree.

54 Psittaciformes Parrots Revise classification and sequence of genera PHY, TAX

Joseph et al 2012, H&M4

58 Psittacidae Parrots Separate Old World Parrots to Family Psittaculidae PHY, TAX

Joseph et al 2012, H&M 4

 56 Psephotus spp (4) Mulga Parrots  Psephotellus spp (4) PHY, TAX

Separate Mulga Parrot and allies from Psephotus to Psephotellus (Joseph et a 2012)

55 Chalcopsitta cardinalis Cardinal Lory  Pseudeos cardinalis PHY, TAX

Cardinal Lory is sister to Dusky Lory; move to Pseudeos from Chalcopsitta (Schweitzer et al 2015)

91 Dryocopus schulzi Black-bodied Woodpecker Dryocopus schulzii TAX

Usually given as schulzi and dated to 1883, but species epithet with “ii” ending was previously published in 1882 by Cabanis. Zoonomen.

113 Sylviorthorhynchus desmursii Des Murs’s Wiretail Sylviorthorhynchus desmurii TAX

Correct original spelling. Zoonomen. Dickinson & Christidies, 2014.

133 Hylophilus sclateri Tepui Greenlet Vireo sclateri PHY, TAX

Slager et al 2014, SACC 655; also change English name to Tepui Vireo

165 Madanga ruficollis Madanga Move from Zosteropidae to Motacillidae. PHY, SEQ

Madanga is a pipit (Anthus), not a white-eye! (Alström et al 2015)

171 Buphagus erythrorhynchus Red-billed Oxpecker Buphagus erythrorynchus TAX

Conventionally spelled erythrorhynchus, but erythrorynchus is the correct original spelling. Zoonomen.

195 Vestiaria coccinea Iiwi Drepanis coccinea PHY, TAX

NACC 2015-B-3c

195 Manucerthia mana Hawaii Creeper Loxops mana TAX

NACC 2015-B-3b

201 Spizella arborea American Tree Sparrow Spizelloides arborea PHY, TAX

NACC 2015-A-6

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86 Megalaima spp Asian Barbet spp Psilopogon spp PHY, TAX

Genus Psilopogon takes precedence over Megalaima and must be used given that Fire-tufted Barbet is imbedded in the latter as sister to Great Barbet (Moyle et al 2004, H&M4). Genus Psilopogon is masculine, requires change of gender ending for many taxa.

124 Gerygone cinerea Ashy Gerygone Acanthiza cinerea PHY, TAX

Ashy Gerygone is a member of the genus Acanthiza and sister to Yellow Thornbill A. nana (Nyári & Joseph 2012). Change English name to Grey Thornbill (Pratt & Beehler 2015).

134  Chelidorhynx hypoxantha Yellow-bellied Fantail Chelidorhynx hypoxanthus TAX Correct gender ending. David et al, 2009b.
193 Spinus sp.   TAX Correct gender ending of eight affected species to masculine. Overlooked when Spinus was split from Carduelis.

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 25 Hydrobatidae Storm Petrels Hydrobatidae [Northern Storm Petrels]; Oceanitidae [Austral Storm Petrels]  PHY, SEQ The Oceanitidae and  Hydrobatidae are not sister taxa (Nunn & Stanley 1998; Penhallurick & Wink 2004, Hackett et al. 2008). Resequence to Oceanitidae, Diomedeidae, Hydrobatidae, Procellariidae.
75 Damophila julie Violet-bellied Hummingbird Juliamyia julie TAX Damophila is preoccupied in Lepidoptera.
178 Muscicapa latirostris Asian Brown Flycatcher Muscicapa dauurica TAX Correct the correction. See Dickinson et al 2014
189 Lemuresthes nana
Madagascan Mannikin Lepidopygia nana TAX Formerly placed in Lemuresthes Wolters, 1949, but Lepidopygia Reichenbach, 1862 is available. Dickinson & Christidis, 2014.
199 Ptiloxena atroviolaceus Cuban Blackbird Ptiloxena atroviolacea TAX Genus is treated as feminine. Dickinson & Christidis, 2014.

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