For new species just add water

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Subject: For new species just add water
From: "John Penhallurick" <>
Date: Sat, 16 May 2009 15:48:45 +1000
Dear Friends,

I notice that Gill's worldbirdnames site has added a number of splits to the
albatross species, ignoring what the lastest Christidis and Boles(2008) said
on the subject.  They include Northern Royal Albatross (D.sanfordi) whose
cytochrome-b distance from the so-called Southern Royal Albatross
D.epomophora is 0.0000%. Since cytochrome-b evolves at about 10 times the
rate of nuclear DNA, this means these two taxa separated in what in
evolutionary terms what be considered yesterday.  Similarly with
D.amsterdamensis, which is only 0.64% removed from D.exulans, and also has
been found interbreeding with D.exulans antipodensis.  But what do facts


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