Apteryx rowi and mantelli

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Subject: Apteryx rowi and mantelli
From: "John Murray Penhallurick" <>
Date: Thu, 6 Sep 2007 19:45:38 +1000

I was surprised to see in the latest updates for Clements that recognition
of Okarito Brown Kiwi A.rowi.

I would be glad to recived a copy of the paper by Tennyson, A. J. D., R. L.
Palma, H. A. Robertson, T. H. Worthy and B. J. Gill (2003) A new species of
kiwi (Aves, Apterygiformes) from Okarito, New Zealand. Records of the
Auckland Museum, 40: 55-64.

I have grave suspecions, which may turn out to the quite wrong, I admit,
that this is a conservation-motivated split.  I knew about these populations
of deviant Kiwis, but always assumed that they were simply the products of
extreme inbreeding.

I have equal doubts about the split of Apteryx mantelli North Island Brown
Kiwi from A. australis South Island Brown Kiwi. Can anyone tell me where
this split was justified?


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