Use of AOU checklist
kris at FALCON.CC.UKANS.EDU
Mon Apr 21 09:15:44 CDT 1997
Thanks for your response. Actually, a number of ornithologists have
responded to me privately rather than copying the Taxacom list.
At 12:13 AM 04/20/1997 -0700, Steve Halford wrote:
>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
A theory that you can't explain to a bartender is probably no damn good.
Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center
The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045
e-mail: krishtalka at ukans.edu
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