Pomatostomus ruficeps parsonsi Mathews

Mary, Croy, History, Bulletin Of The American Museum Of Natural, At, Central Park West, Street, Th, York, New & Ny, 2005, Type Specimens Of Birds In The American Museum Of Natural History. Part 6. Passeriformes: Prunellidae, Turdidae, Orthonychidae, Timaliidae, Paradoxornithidae, Picathartidae, And Polioptilidae, Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 2005 (292), pp. 1-132: 76-77

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Pomatostomus ruficeps parsonsi Mathews


Pomatostomus ruficeps parsonsi Mathews  

Pomatostomus ruficeps parsonsi Mathews, 1918: 48   (Pungonda, South Australia).

Now Pomatostomus ruficeps (Hartlaub, 1852)   . See Schodde and Mason, 1999: 406.

LECTOTYPE: AMNH 586061 View Materials , adult male, collected at Pungonda , South Australia, in September 1917, by Frank E. Parsons. From the Mathews Collection via the Rothschild Collection.  

COMMENTS: In the original description, the type (singular) was said to have been collected at Pungonda in September 1917 by Parsons. There are two such specimens in AMNH, a male and a female, both of which would have to be considered syntypes. The male specimen bears the Mathews and the Rothschild type labels and is apparently the specimen Mathews selected as the type, but the sex was not indicated in the original description. Because it was the intent of Mathews to have the male specimen serve as the type, I hereby designate AMNH 586061 the lectotype. The female, AMNH 586062, then becomes the paralectotype.

A third Pungonda specimen, AMNH 586063, unsexed, collected in May 1917, bears a yellow ‘‘Figured’’ label and was the model for the lower figure in plate 433 (Ma­ thews, 1922: opposite p. 265). In the text, Mathews (1922: 273) said that the figured bird was from Pungonda and that the sexes were alike, but it could not have been one of the syntypes because it was collected in May.

On the Rothschild labels of these specimens, Pungonda is said to be ‘‘near Luxton’’. Richard Schodde (personal commun.) told me that Pungonda is in the southern South Australia Murray Mallee, 40–50 km ENE of Murray Bridge (358109S, 1398179E, Times Atlas) and 70 –80 km SW of Loxton (348389S, 1408389E, Times Atlas).

Xiphirhynchus superciliaris forresti Rothschild  

Xiphirhynchus superciliaris forresti Rothschild, 1926b: 262   (Shweli­Salwin Divide, 10,000 – 11,000 feet).

Now Xiphirhynchus superciliaris forresti Rothschild, 1926   . See Cheng, 1987: 653, and MacKinnon and Phillipps, 2000: 431.

HOLOTYPE: AMNH 586336 View Materials , adult female, collected in the forests of the Shweli­Salwin Divide , 10,000–11,000 ft, western Yunnan, China, in July 1925, by George Forrest (no. 6000). From the Rothschild Collection.  

COMMENTS: Rothschild cited Forrest’s number of the holotype in the original description. The two paratypes are: AMNH 586337 View Materials , female, collected on the Shweli­Salwin Divide in July 1925   ; and AMNH 586338 View Materials , male, collected in the hills northwest of Tengyueh in October 1925. For a discussion of the types of birds named by Rothschild , based on five collections made by George Forrest in Yunnan, see LeCroy and Dickinson (2001)   .

Ptilopyga mindanensis Blasius  

Ptilopyga mindanensis Blasius, 1890a: 877   (Davao, Mindanao).

Now Ptilocichla mindanensis mindanensis (Blasius, 1890)   . See Dickinson et al., 1991: 305, and Kennedy et al., 2000: 251.

LECTOTYPE: AMNH 589256 View Materials , male, collected at Davao, 078189N, 1258259E ( Dickinson et al., 1991: 418), Mindanao Island , Philippines, on 9 August 1889, by Carl C. and Margarete Platen. From the Nehrkorn Collection (no. 3001) via the Rothschild Collection.  

COMMENTS: I have not seen the original description ( Blasius, 1890a: 877), but the republication ( Blasius, 1890b: 146) was identical according to Hinkelmann and Heinze (1990: 624). In the republication, measurements for a male and females were given and types were said to be in the Braunschweiger Museum (SNMB) and in the Nehrkorn Collection. Hinkelmann and Heinze listed as a syntype SNMB 16052/13735, a female, collected by the Platens on 14 August 1889. However, the specimen listed above, the male, was listed as the type by Hartert (1920: 482), thus designating it the lectotype (ICZN, 1999, Art. 74.5). It is marked ‘‘Typus’’ on the original Platen label and was ‘‘Exchanged from the late Mr. Nehrkorn’’ to Rothschild ( Hartert, 1920: 482). This is the only specimen of P. mindanensis   that came to AMNH with the Rothschild Collection.

The date of the original publication of this name in the Braunschweigische Anzeigen on 15 April 1890 is important, for Steere (1890: 18) described the same population as Ptilocichla   (?) Mindanensis on 14 July of the same year (see Rand, 1955: 210, and Deignan, 1964b: 285). Both of these descriptions were incorrectly cited as 1889 by Hartert (1920: 482).

Dr. Platen and his wife visited Mindanao in the [northern] summer of 1889, with the partial support of Nehrkorn ( Dickinson et al., 1991: 78).














Pomatostomus ruficeps parsonsi Mathews

Mary, Croy, History, Bulletin Of The American Museum Of Natural, At, Central Park West, Street, Th, York, New & Ny 2005

Pomatostomus ruficeps (Hartlaub, 1852)

Schodde, R. & I. J. Mason 1999: 406

Ptilocichla mindanensis mindanensis (Blasius, 1890)

Kennedy, R. S. & P. C. Gonzales & E. C. Dickinson & H. C. Miranda, Jr. & T. H. Fisher 2000: 251
Dickinson, E. C. & R. S. Kennedy & K. C. Parkes 1991: 305

Xiphirhynchus superciliaris forresti

MacKinnon, J. & K. Phillipps 2000: 431
Cheng, T. 1987: 653

Xiphirhynchus superciliaris forresti

Rothschild, W. 1926: 262

Pomatostomus ruficeps parsonsi

Mathews, G. M. 1918: 48

Ptilopyga mindanensis

Blasius, W. 1890: 877