Apusmelbaafricanus(Temminck, 1815) Taxonomic Serial No.: 723217
Taxonomy and Nomenclature
Tachymarptis melba africanus
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– Animal, animaux, animals
– cordés, cordado, chordates
– vertebrado, vertébrés, vertebrates
– Birds, oiseaux
– Swifts, Hummingbirds
Apus Scopoli, 1777
– Common Swifts
Apus melba (Linnaeus, 1758)
Apus melba africanus (Temminck, 1815)
Richard C. Banks
Chief, Bird Section, U.S.G.S. - B.R.D. - P.W.R.C.
American Ornithologists' Union
Thirty-ninth supplement to the American Ornithologists' Union Check-list of North American Birds
Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.:
The Auk, vol. 110, no. 3
Zoonomen, The Howard and Moore Complete Checklist of the Birds of the World, 3rd edition, and Handbook of the Birds of the World all use Tachymarptus melba (Linnaeus, 1758) (TSN 693134) instead of Apus melba (Linnaeus, 1758) (TSN 555003). The AOU committee, however, has not yet approved of the change since it was first put into question in Suppl 39/1993 where it was noted as "currently under study." Richard C. Banks suggests to keep Apus melba until further investigation
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