RESEARCH ARTICLE


Formal Description of a New Subspecies of the European Robin from Gran Canaria Island, Spain (Aves: Muscicapidae: Erithacus rubecula marionae subsp. nov.)



Christian Dietzen1, 3, J. Pieter Michels2, Michael Wink1, *
1 Heidelberg University, Institute of Pharmacy and Molecular Biotechnology, INF 364, D-69120 Heidelberg, Germany
2 Van Ostadestraat 291-1, 1073 TR Amsterdam, the Netherlands
3 Im Großen Garten 76, D-56766 Ulmen, Germany


© 2015 Wink et al.

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Abstract

Based on genetic and morphometric differences, Dietzen et al. (2003) [1] proposed to separate the Gran Canaria Robin from E. r. superbus of Tenerife as a new taxon in a nomenclaturally invalid way. Here, we provide a formal description of the new subspecies (Erithacus rubecula marionae subsp. nov.) in accordance with the rules of the International Commission of Zoological Nomenclature.

Keywords: Erithacus rubecula marionae subsp. nov, Gran Canaria Robin.