Checklist of North American Mammals
I composed a draft checklist of North American mammals. I intend to edit and properly reference it and submit to a scientific journal. Comments welcome: http://dinets.info/checklist1Dec2014.pdf
I have my own checklist of NA mammals, which has been a work in progress. I get through one major group, than I get distracted by life and such, and so I have been working on it for a couple of years now (It’s fully annotated, with citations and possible lumps/splits/taxonomic changes indicated
I really should finish it, especially since I am done with rodents and “insectivores”.
ANYWAY…I come from a very different perspective on taxonomy than Vladimir, and so I disagree with some of these decisions. Also some of the changes listed in the checklist are changes that I expect the mammal taxonomic community to follow through.
My wheelhouse is marine mammals, so let me comment there:
Guadalupe Fur Seal: Genetically and morphologically, this species is almost identical to the Juan Fernandez. Yeah they have REALLY disjunct populations, but until better samples sizes can be tested, I would treat them as subspecies of the same species.
Histriophoca and Halichoerus is lumped into Phoca, while Pagophilus remains
I disagree here: First, Histriophoca is almost always the sister group to Pagophilus, which means you can’t lump Histriophoca without also lumping Pagophilus. Secondly, Pusa, Phoca, Halichoerus, Histriophoca, and Pagophilus, as delimited, are not paraphyletic groups. There is no set mark of distinction between genera, so monophyly and conservatism are the only guidelines widely agreed upon. In this case, there has been no real move to lump these species into Phoca in recent decades, and no real reason to. Hence these genera should be maintained.
I think North Pacific Right Whale should be recognized, but allow that this is a borderline species. Seems likely to be maintained however by the Marine Mammal taxonomic community
I agree on Tursiops and Stenella, but Lagenorhynchus is paraphyletic. Atlantic White Sided should be moved to the genus Leucopleurus, while Sagmatias should be used for the Pacific White-sided Dolphin.
See no reason to change the common name of Northern Right-whale Dolphin
Is the scientific name for Bigg’s Killer Whale even published? This is the first I have heard of it, although I know research groups are slowly very slowly trying to work out Killer Whale taxonomy.
I also disagree with the degree of lumping in this checklist of other taxa at the generic and species , but this is a longstanding difference of opinion between me and Vdinets. Just realize that some of the proposed lumps are not actually widely accepted by the scientific community (including the seal lump), so I encourage people to make there own decisions on the taxonomy
Simple question about a shrew, just to be sure there’s not a typo. For Eurasian Least Shrew, that’s listed here as S. yukonicus and the note says it includes yukonicus. I am checking that the usual (??) “least” shrew, minutissimus, is not the correct species name; that is, that it should not have said that minutissimus contains yukonicus or some explanation like that. / Charles Hood, Palmdale CA
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One quick comment, IUCN has Alces alces as A. americanus on this side of the Atlantic. What do you think?