Re: Black-chinned Honeyeaters

Subject: Re: Black-chinned Honeyeaters
From: Murray Lord <>
Date: Wed, 03 Nov 2010 12:17:26 +0800
Hi Jim,

I mentioned this in my original post on this topic a few months ago - see

I have the paper at home and will double check, but my recollection is that it concluded (1) Black chinned and Golden backed are each other's closest relative (so it's a different situation compared to what they found with the White naped)  and (2) that the genetic differences between those two forms are less than between the other forms recognised as 'good' species.

So while you might still be able to argue they should be split it would have to be on the basis of the genetic data combined with other factors - the genetic data does not really present a compelling case on its own.


Murray Lord


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