Ailuroedus melanotus

Lecroy, Mary, 2014, Type Specimens Of Birds In The American Museum Of Natural History Part 12. Passeriformes: Ploceidae, Sturnidae, Buphagidae, Oriolidae, Dicruridae, Callaeidae, Grallinidae, Corcoracidae, Artamidae, Cracticidae, Ptilonorhynchidae, Cnemophilidae, Paradisaeidae, And Corvidae, Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 2014 (393), pp. 1-165 : 80

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Ailuroedus melanotus


Ailuroedus melanotus [sic] fairfaxi Mathews

Ailuroedus melanotus [sic] fairfaxi Mathews, 1915a: 132 (Bellenden Ker, Queensland).

Now Ailuroedus melanotis maculosus Ramsay, 1874 View in CoL . See Mathews, 1926: 318–320; Hartert, 1929a: 55; Mathews, 1930: 892–893; Mayr and Jennings, 1952: 3; Mayr, 1962c: 174; Gilliard, 1969: 266–273; Schodde and Mason, 1999: 622– 624; Dickinson, 2003: 427; Frith and Frith, 2004: 235–238; Christidis and Boles, 2008: 179– 180; and Frith and Frith, 2009a: 393–394.

LECTOTYPE: AMNH 679659 View Materials , adult male, collected on Bellenden Ker , 17.16S, 145.51E ( USBGN, 1957), Queensland, Australia, on 16 November 1899, by E. Olive (no. R588). From the Mathews Collection (no. 18162) via the Rothschild Collection. GoogleMaps

COMMENTS: When Mathews described this form, he noted only that the type was from Bellenden Ker. Mathews had nine specimens from Bellenden Ker, cataloged as numbers 18157–18165. AMNH 679659 bears, in addition to Olive’s label, Mathews and Rothschild type labels with the number 18162 written on them but not cited in the original description. Hartert (1929a: 55) listed the unique specimen collected on 16 November 1899 as the type, thereby designating it the lectotype. The eight paralectotypes are AMNH 679660, 679661, 679663–679668, five males, three females, collected by Olive on Bellenden Ker between 22 November 1899 and 19 February 1900. Each bears Olive’s unique field number, and the number ‘‘1550’’ that appears on each label may be a lot number of the skins purchased by Mathews. Both Mathews and Rothschild purchased parts of the Olive collection, and AMNH 679662 is a Rothschild specimen from Bellenden Ker that was never in the Mathews Collection; it does not include the number ‘‘1550’’ on its Olive label.

Robinson and Laverock (1900) published on Olive’s collection, and on pages 623–624 reported that Olive collected many specimens of maculosus. By 1930, Mathews (1930: 892– 893) himself considered fairfaxi a synonym of maculosus. See the discussion regarding species limits under A. crassirostris , above.














Ailuroedus melanotus

Lecroy, Mary 2014

Ailuroedus melanotis maculosus

Frith, C. B. & D. W. Frith 2009: 393
Christidis, L. & W. E. Boles 2008: 179
Frith, C. B. & D. W. Frith 2004: 235
Dickinson, E. C. 2003: 427
Schodde, R. & I. J. Mason 1999: 622
Gilliard, E. T. 1969: 266
Mayr, E. 1962: 174
Mayr, E. & K. Jennings 1952: 3
Mathews, G. M. 1930: 892
Hartert, E. 1929: 55
Mathews, G. M. 1926: 318

Ailuroedus melanotus

Mathews, G. M. 1915: 132
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