Now that is a good one. I for one, am always impressed by Dick Schodde but I
believe his ability to
create new species is as limited as that of all of us. "Creation" of new
species tends to take a long time. Sorry Dr John, I think you mean Dr
Richard has identified or named, rather than created. Anyway there is some
basis to the rumour that taxonomy is the only only science in which the
opinion of the expert is as important as any other evidence, especially when
it comes to setting dividing lines in what can be a complex continuum.
From: John Leonard <>
Date: Thursday, 15 July 1999 9:27
Subject: birding-aus Fairy-wrens in arid zone
>I hear a rumour that Dick Schodde has created an entirely new Fairy-wren
>species; this is from populations of Splendid FWs in SW Qld (?), which are
>much paler (?) than either spp melanotus (eastern), or callainus (central).
>Can anybody confirm this rumour and the details I have queried? Also does
>anyone know better details of the range of this new sp.
>John Leonard (Dr),
>PO Box 243,
>Woden, ACT 2606,
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