"calyptorhynchus ." <>
James Mustafa <>
Sun, 4 Sep 2016 01:18:09 +0000
I believe Peter Lansley wrote something about this (sub)species a few years
back. Might be worth chasing him up on it!
All the best,
m. 0400 951 517
On Sun, Sep 4, 2016 at 10:58 AM, calyptorhynchus . <
> A few years ago I initiated a discussion on BA as to whether the
> Yellow-rumped Pardalote (aka Spotted Pardalote ssp xanthopyge) was a
> separate sp.
> I pointed out that it looks different, sounds different and lives in
> different habitat to the Spotted Pardalote and asked whether it interbred
> with Spotted Pardalotes where it met with them. BA respondents reported
> that there were no reports, either in the literature or personally known to
> them, of this.
> It occurs to me there is one further question to answer. In biogeographical
> theory it would be neater if the WA Spotted Pardalotes were also a separate
> sp. You could get around this by saying that in a dry period in the
> Pleistocene Spotted Pardalotes' continuous range broke down into an eastern
> refuge, a central refuge and a SW refuge and the pops at either end didn't
> change much and are still the same sp, but the central pop (perhaps because
> it was in smaller numbers and more stressed) changed markedly and deserves
> species status.
> But it would be neater if the WA pop of Spotted Pardalote is also different
> from the eastern populations... is there any evidence for this?
> John Leonard
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