Re: birding-aus Hooded Plover - scientific names

Subject: Re: birding-aus Hooded Plover - scientific names
Date: Wed, 07 Jul 1999 00:48:13 +1000
Thanks to all who have replied to me or via the list server about the
scientific name of the Hooded Plover/Hooded Dotterel/Hooded Ring Plover
(and thanks to Deakin Uni or whoever for getting it going again after
that virus, for which the originator - not any of our subscribers - is
to be blamed).

There's obviously a wonderland of reading and study out there but I
would need another life to engage with it all. As I now understand it
there were two scientific names that originated a couple of hundred
years ago:

Charadrius rubricollis, Gmelin,1789.  
Charadrius cucullatus, Vieillot,1818

So "rubricollis" had primacy and it's still a puzzle to me how
"cucullatus" survived in the Slater guide (which is the one my German
friend bought here recently).  

As for "Thinornis" I'll personally defer to Les Christides and recommend
that Dirk uses "Thirnornis rubricollis" with the synonyms:

Charadrius rubricollis
Charadrius monachus
Charadrius cucullatus
Aegialitis monachus
Hiaticula monacha

If he wishes....   (see my next posting on this !)

Michael Norris
Hampton, Vic

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