New Trip Report: Kenya

7 Comments
  1. Arjan Dwarshuis 7 years ago

    Great report!

    I saw warthogs in shaba and samburu and thought they were desert, but wasn’t quite shure. Is grant’s gazelle split as a species or ssp? I saw a genet at the mountain lodge at mount Kenya (giant hog, suni, tree hyrax were easy here), do you know for shure wether they are blotched or common? i thought blotched…Thanks for the bat ID at shaba. I think i saw yellow-winged bat there to.

    Some comments on your bird photo’s: Imperial eagle is a juv martial eagle
    Kenrick’s starling is a sooty chat (kenrick’s starling is a difficult bird in the mount kenya region)

    I saw a black morph ‘siver galago’ in the mara, do you know wether they are split from greater galago???

    kind regards,

    Arjan Dwarshuis, the Netherlands

    • Morgan Churchill 7 years ago

      Hhhmm..won’t let me reply below

      Anyway, while I disagree with the criticisms of PSC, I don’t disagree with the problem splits that the author’s the paper posted below comment on. Splitting any taxon should only occur when multiple lines of evidence (multiple genes, morphology, etc) are available. What’s more I would argue that having read the recent Grubb and Colin ungulate taxonomy treatise, I don’t even think they are practicing PSC. They are using the morphological species concept through and through, and in some cases actually ignore phylogeny when it disagrees with their conclusions (IIRC).

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    vdinets 7 years ago

    Arjan: a paper just came out arguing that most ungulate splits proposed in recent years (particularly by Groves and Grubb) have no scientific evidence to support them and should be ignored. So there is only one klipspringer, one Grant’s gazelle, and so on.

    • Morgan Churchill 7 years ago

      Do you have the citation for the paper? I would be interesting in reading it

      • Charles Foley 7 years ago

        Me too. Could you post it on here?

      • Vladimir Dinets 7 years ago

        Zachos F. E. et al. Species inflation and taxonomic artefacts—A critical comment on recent trends in mammalian classification. Mammal. Biol. (2012), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mambio.2012.07.083

  3. Coke Smith 7 years ago

    Thanks for the information on the debate on the taxonomy. I was a bit confused myself as the split seemed to be a bit dubious….And thanks for the bird corrections – got them just have not updated yet. All except the chat that is – thanks. Not sure about the galago split you asked about.

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