Re: [EBN] Clements 6th edition

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Subject: Re: [EBN] Clements 6th edition
From: "Richard Klim" <>
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2007 09:16:15 -0000

I fully agree with your observations.  Here is a comment I made in July
during a discussion of Clements 6th Edition on BirdForum's Taxonomy &
Nomenclature forum:

"At the risk of ruffling a few feathers, I question why Clements is still
considered to be the checklist of choice by the ABA and so many other
birders. Although of similar size & weight, Dickinson (Howard & Moore)
(2003) is far more rigorous and contains significantly more information,
including a justification of the sequence of families adopted, author/date
down to subspecies level, and almost 3000 specific bibliographical
references. By contrast, Clements provides absolutely no justification for
its taxonomic stance and includes only a minimal introduction and a very
short (7 page) and unreferenced bibliography - the reader is simply expected
to take everything on trust.
Although I admit that I have obtained a copy of Clements 6th edition (mainly
out of curiosity), I look forward to the 4th edition of Howard & Moore

It is unfortunate that Dickinson is not updated between editions (except for
the annual corrigenda issued on the web).  But perhaps this will soon
change?  See

Richard Klim
Somerset, UK

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