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AuthorsE.C. Dickinson, M.P. Walters
TitleSystematic notes on Asian birds. 38. The McClelland drawings and a reappraisal of the 1835-36 survey of the birds of Assam
JournalZoologische Verhandelingen
Volume344
Year2003
Pages63-106
KeywordsMcClelland; Horsfield; drawings; birds; Assam; history; British Library; Melanochlora; neotype; Tesia olivea
AbstractMcClelland brought back specimens and drawings from a survey in 1835-36 (and perhaps 1836-37). New birds were described in a paper read by Horsfield (1840). A comparison of the McClelland drawings of birds, held at the British Library, with the type specimens of birds newly named in 1840 and with other material has shown that McClelland’s collection was not fully reported. McClelland actually recorded about 170 species not just 96 as then listed. Some birds listed in 1840 were misidentified, of these some have been corrected earlier but at least one is here newly considered and looks as if it needs further correction. Taxonomic and nomenclatural notes are included when necessary. The correct name to apply to the one species in the genus Melanochlora, the Sultan Tit, is not safely established but as dating is not proven the name in present usage is maintained for the sake of stability. In Appendix 3 a neotype is designated for Tesia olivea (McClelland, 1840).
Classification42.83
NoteCorrigenda published in ZV 350 (2004), p. 203, and in: Zoologische Medelingen 8-5 (2006), p. 317
Document typearticle
Download paperspdf document http://www.repository.naturalis.nl/document/46748 
pdf document http://www.repository.naturalis.nl/document/46872 Corrigenda 1
pdf document http://www.repository.naturalis.nl/document/48365 Corrigenda 2