Crow lumping - my list is not happy.

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Subject: Crow lumping - my list is not happy.
From: "Tony Keene" <>
Date: Sat, 31 Mar 2012 14:29:46 +0200
Evening all,

 A colleague at the Royal Zoological Society emailed me the first page of a 
paper due out soon on lumping all five Australian crow/raven species into one 
species. Now, I know that lumps sometime happen, but having to take Australian 
Raven, Little Raven and Torresian Crow off of my year and life lists seems a 
bit excessive. The authors state that the morphological differences between the 
five don't warrant full species status for each and their DNA work appears to 
back it up.
 As B-A doesn't do attachments, I've housed a copy of the first page (all 
that's available at the moment) on my website if anyone's interested:
 Given that the IOC can often support splits or lumps from the evidence of a 
single study, I would expect this one to be up for an IOC proposal soon.
 I thought most research supported splitting everything these days, but I 
wonder if we're going to see a reversal of this over the next few years, like 
they did in the 1960s...


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