Guidelines for assigning species rank

Andreas J. Helbig, A G Knox, David T. Parkin, George Sangster, Jon Martin Collinson

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Developments in several fields of study (including bio-acoustics and the analysis of DNA) together with reappraisals of the nature of species have impacted significantly on avian taxonomy. The BOU's Taxonomic Subcommittee has developed guidelines for the application of species limits to sympatric, parapatric, allopatric and hybridizing taxa. These are published here to assist researchers understand the rationale behind the committee's taxonomic recommendations relating to the British List.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)518-525
Number of pages8
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2002



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Helbig, A. J., Knox, A. G., Parkin, D. T., Sangster, G., & Collinson, J. M. (2002). Guidelines for assigning species rank. Ibis, 144(3), 518-525.