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Species limits within the genus Melanitta, the scoters
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2006 (English)In: British Birds, ISSN 0007-0335, Vol. 99, 183-201 p.Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Abstract [en]

As part of its reassessment of the taxonomy of birds on the British List, the BOURC Taxonomic Sub-committee has assessed all six recognised taxa of scoters Melanitta against its previously published Species Guidelines (Helbig et al. 2002).We consider that, on the basis of evidence currently available, at least five species should be recognised: Common Scoter M. nigra, Black Scoter M. americana,Velvet Scoter M. fusca,White-winged Scoter M. deglandi and Surf Scoter M. perspicillata.The taxonomic status of the Asian subspecies of White-winged Scoter (stejnegeri) is uncertain, owing to insufficient information on several aspects of its morphology and behaviour. Provisionally, we suggest that it is best treated as conspecific with M. deglandi.

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2006. Vol. 99, 183-201 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-62157OAI: diva2:440003
Available from: 2011-09-10 Created: 2011-09-10 Last updated: 2011-10-05Bibliographically approved

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