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Additions and corrections to a catalogue of type specimens of birds (Aves) in the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History (Transvaal Museum)

  • Journal Title: Annals of the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History
  • Volume: Volume 1
  • Issue: 
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 165  - 170
  • Authors:  R.J. Dowsett;
  • ISSN: 22204563
  • Abstract:  Dean (2007) presented a catalogue of the type specimens of birds in the collection of the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History (formerly Transvaal Museum, NFI) in Pretoria (Gauteng, South Africa). The present paper details six type specimens omitted from Dean (2007), viz. Eupodotis ruficrista ochrofacies Clancey, 1977 (Otididae, holotype), Alcedo albiventris Scopoli, 1786 (Alcedinidae, neotype), Cisticola natalensis willi White, 1945 (Cisticolidae, holotype), Prinia substriata confinis Clancey, 1991 (Cisticolidae, holotype), Lanius collaris aridicolus Clancey, 1955 (Laniidae, holotype) and Heliospiza noomeæ Gunning, 1907 (Viduidae, syntypes). A number of corrections and clarifications are made to other types listed by Dean (2007). There are no new type locality restrictions, but some are clarified. The date of publication of the 18 taxa described as new by Roberts (Annals of the Transvaal Museum 14: 237-245) is established as 1931, not 1932 as often quoted. The Ditsong National Museum of Natural History houses the largest collection of type specimens of birds in Africa.
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