Australasian shoveler (Spatula)

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Australasian shoveler (Spatula)

Postby Neil Fitzgerald » Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:52 am

Australasian shoveler is apparently now placed in a new genus as Spatula rhynchotis by Clements (and therefore eBird etc).
"In accord with AOS-NACC (Chesser et al. 2017), Anas is partioned into four genera, based on phylogenetic analysis of mitochondrial DNA sequence data (Gonzalez et al. 2009). Change the scientific name of Australian Shoveler from Anas rhynchotis to Spatula rhynchotis. The sequence of species in the dabbling ducks (Sibirionetta, Spatula, Mareca, and Anas) is revised, following Gonzalez et al. (2009)."
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Re: Australasian shoveler (Spatula)

Postby Nick Allen » Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:40 pm

Guess there might be a few more changes on eBird that affect species names for birds that occur or have occurred in NZ if this article in Auk is anything to go by.

http://www.bioone.org/doi/full/10.1642/AUK-17-72.1
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Re: Australasian shoveler (Spatula)

Postby Ian Southey » Fri Sep 01, 2017 4:16 pm

I just had a look because it's good to see an attempt to break up Anas and the blue-winged teals + shovelers are one of the better defined groups. I was also interested to see a couple of the additions to their list - Chatham Island Mollymawk and Greenland.

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Re: Australasian shoveler (Spatula)

Postby Nick Allen » Sun Sep 03, 2017 4:10 pm


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