Stuffed birds on trees: an historical review of avian systematics in southern Africa

Craig, A.J.F.K. (2000) Stuffed birds on trees: an historical review of avian systematics in southern Africa. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa, 54 (1). pp. 157-165. ISSN 0035-919X

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Abstract

Avian systematics in southern Africa has been heavily dependent on a small number of museum-based specialists. They produced bird checklists which prescribed the names to be used by other scientists. After an initial phase of cataloguing the avifauna, a major preoccupation was the description of geographical variation, which was documented in an extensive subspecific nomenclature. Until recent years, few African ornithologists have been involved in systematics as a biological discipline. This historical overview considers the contribution of particular individuals from Andrew Smith to Phillip Clancey.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:birds, stuffed birds, avian systematics, avifauna, taxonomy, southern Africa
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Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Science > Zoology & Entomology
ID Code:521
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Deposited On:09 Jan 2007
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