Differing Latin Names

To: "Phil Joy" <>, <>
Subject: Differing Latin Names
From: "Lawrie Conole" <>
Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2001 16:07:52 EST
> While checking out a Sibley-Monroe Birds of the World list I
>came across Crested Pigeon for which they give the Latin name Geophaps
>lophotes, on checking my P&K and Morcombe I found that they have it listed

>under Ocyphaps lophotes.
>Also Simpson & Day (fifth edition) have a punt each way by designating the

>Crested Pigeon as Ocyphaps(Geophaps) lophotes.
>Could anyone tell me the reason for this?

Hi Phil

The short answer is that binomials are by no means fixed - they differ depending
on the latest opinion to have been published.  To add to the confusion, field
guide authors sometimes take it on themselves to become part-time taxonomists,
and depart from convention.

Cheers -- Lawrie

Lawrie Conole
Melbourne, Australia.


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