Use of AOU checklist
halford at SFU.CA
Sun Apr 20 00:13:33 CDT 1997
On Thu, 17 Apr 1997, Leonard Krishtalka wrote:
> A working group of the Commission on Environmental Cooperation,
> NAFTA, is considering a biodiversity project that will entail the electronic
> assembly, integration and dissemination of occurrence data forf North
> American birds from existing specimen-based and observation-based databases.
> One of the component tasks is to identify a taxonomic authority for
> bird names. Would this be the 1983 AOU checklist (6th edition)? Are there
> other authority files that ornithologists commonly use? Please advise and
> thank you in advance for your help.
Since you don't seem to have been overwhelmed by repies from *real*
The AOU checklist would seem to be the logical taxonomic authority, but
is subject to biennial revisions published in the October(?) issue of
"The Auk" in every odd-numberd year. Thus there have been six revisions to
the sixth edition to date, and I believe a seventh edition is scheduled
for publication this year.
Steve (halford at sfu.ca)
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, B.C., Canada
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