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Lost and found: the enigmatic large-billed reed warbler Acrocephalus orinus rediscovered after 139 years

Author:
  • P D Round
  • Bengt Hansson
  • D J Pearson
  • P R Kennerley
  • Staffan Bensch
Publishing year: 2007
Language: English
Pages: 133-138
Publication/Series: Journal of Avian Biology
Volume: 38
Issue: 2
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Federation of European Neuroscience Societies and Blackwell Publishing Ltd

Abstract english

We present compelling evidence of the continued existence of the large-billed reed warbler Acrocephalus orinus, hitherto known only from the unique type specimen collected in NW India 139 years ago. Morphological and genetic analyses of an unusual Acrocephalus warbler mist-netted south-west of Bangkok, Thailand, on 27 March 2006, confirmed its identity as A. orinus, and revealed that it was heterozygous at four out of eight microsatellite markers, indicating the continued existence of a viable population whose breeding and wintering areas are still unknown.

Keywords

  • Biological Sciences

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Published
  • Molecular Ecology and Evolution Lab
  • ISSN: 0908-8857
Staffan Bensch
E-mail: staffan [dot] bensch [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

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MEMEG

+46 46 222 42 92

E-C213

Sölvegatan 37, Lund

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Research group

Molecular Ecology and Evolution Lab

Projects

Doctoral students and postdocs

PhD students, main supervisor

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