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

Spanò S., Pellegrino I., Borgo E.

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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.