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Apus melba africanus  (Temminck, 1815)
Taxonomic Serial No.: 723217

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 Taxonomy and Nomenclature
  Kingdom: Animalia  
  Taxonomic Rank: Subspecies  
  Synonym(s): Tachymarptis melba africanus (Temminck, 1815)
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  Current Standing: valid  
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  Record Credibility Rating: verified - standards met  

 Taxonomic Hierarchy
 KingdomAnimalia  – Animal, animaux, animals  
          PhylumChordata  – cordés, cordado, chordates  
             SubphylumVertebrata  – vertebrado, vertébrés, vertebrates  
                      ClassAves  – Birds, oiseaux  
                         OrderApodiformes  – Swifts, Hummingbirds  
                            FamilyApodidae  – Swifts  
                                  GenusApus Scopoli, 1777 – Common Swifts  
                                     SpeciesApus melba (Linnaeus, 1758)  
                                        SubspeciesApus melba africanus (Temminck, 1815)  

  Expert: Richard C. Banks   
  Notes: Chief, Bird Section, U.S.G.S. - B.R.D. - P.W.R.C.   
  Reference for: Apus melba africanus    
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  Author(s)/Editor(s): American Ornithologists' Union   
  Publication Date: 1994   
  Article/Chapter Title: 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   
  Page(s): 675-682   
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  ISBN/ISSN: 0004-8038   
  Reference for: Apus melba africanus   

 Geographic Information
  Geographic Division: Africa  



  Comment: 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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