On the systematic status of the Cyrenaic Partridge (Alectoris barbata Reichenow, 1896)

Spanò S., Pellegrino I., Borgo E.



Abstract:

Some considerations on the morphological features that differentiate Alectoris barbara barbata by A. b. barbara are exposed and are also reported the results of a genetic investigation performed on historical specimens. Results showed a considerable genetic distance (0.60), certainly enough to consider it an ESU (Evolutionary Signifcant Unit), but most likely a separate species.