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|Title:||Ancient DNA resolves the subspecific identity of the holotype of the Galah Eolophus roseicapilla, a widespread Australian cockatoo|
|Citation:||Emu, 2016; 116(4):472-475|
|Leo Joseph, Patrick Boussès, Thomas Wilke and Jeremy J. Austin|
|Abstract:||Conventional thinking for many years held that the holotype of the Galah Eolophus roseicapilla, obtained in 1801 by the Baudin Expedition from France, was from south-eastern Australia. This did not mesh well with what is known of Galahs not having occurred in that part of Australia at that time. That it must have been a western bird is now strongly supported by bibliographic and morphological evidence. Our earlier phylogeographic study of the Galah had shown geographical structure in its mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). We reasoned that if mtDNA could be extracted from the holotype the matter should be resolvable. We report the results of this work and affirm the case made from morphological and bibliographic data.|
|Keywords:||Australian birds; biogeography; parrots; taxonomy|
|Rights:||Journal compilation © BirdLife Australia 2016|
|Appears in Collections:||Zoology publications|
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