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Apus melba  (Linnaeus, 1758)
Taxonomic Serial No.: 555003

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 Taxonomy and Nomenclature
  Kingdom: Animalia  
  Taxonomic Rank: Species  
  Synonym(s): Tachymarptis melba (Linnaeus, 1758)
  Common Name(s):    
  Taxonomic Status:    
  Current Standing: valid  
  Data Quality Indicators:    
  Record Credibility Rating: verified - standards met  

 Taxonomic Hierarchy
 KingdomAnimalia  – Animal, animaux, animals  
          PhylumChordata  – cordés, cordado, chordates  
             SubphylumVertebrata  – vertebrado, vertébrés, vertebrates  
                      ClassAves  – Birds, oiseaux  
                         OrderApodiformes  – Swifts, Hummingbirds  
                            FamilyApodidae  – Swifts  
                                  GenusApus Scopoli, 1777 – Common Swifts  
                                     SpeciesApus melba (Linnaeus, 1758)  
    Direct Children:  
                                        Subspecies Apus melba africanus (Temminck, 1815)  
                                        Subspecies Apus melba archeri (Hartert, 1928)  
                                        Subspecies Apus melba bakeri (Hartert, 1928)  
                                        Subspecies Apus melba marjoriae (Bradfield, 1935)  
                                        Subspecies Apus melba maximus (Ogilvie-Grant, 1907)  
                                        Subspecies Apus melba melba (Linnaeus, 1758)  
                                        Subspecies Apus melba nubifugus (Koelz, 1954)  
                                        Subspecies Apus melba tuneti (Tschusi, 1904)  
                                        Subspecies Apus melba willsi (Hartert, 1896)  

  Expert: Alan P. Peterson, M.D.  
  Notes: PO Box 1999 Walla Walla, Washington 99362-0999   
  Reference for: Apus melba    
  Expert: Richard C. Banks  
  Notes: Chief, Bird Section, U.S.G.S. - B.R.D. - P.W.R.C.   
  Reference for: Apus melba    
  Other Source(s):    
  Source: Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource, website (version 1998)  
  Acquired: 1998   
  Notes: Alan P. Peterson;   
  Reference for: Apus melba   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): American Ornithologists' Union  
  Publication Date: 1994   
  Article/Chapter Title: Thirty-ninth supplement to the American Ornithologists' Union Check-list of North American Birds   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: The Auk, vol. 110, no. 3   
  Page(s): 675-682   
  Publication Place:    
  ISBN/ISSN: 0004-8038   
  Reference for: Apus melba   

 Geographic Information
  Geographic Division: Africa  
    Europe & Northern Asia (excluding China)  
    North America  
    Southern Asia  
  Jurisdiction/Origin: Continental US, Incidental  



  Comment: Zoonomen, The Howard and Moore Complete Checklist of the Birds of the World, 3rd edition, and Handbook of the Birds of the World all use Tachymarptus melba (Linnaeus, 1758) (TSN 693134) instead of Apus melba (Linnaeus, 1758) (TSN 555003). The AOU committee, however, has not yet approved of the change since it was first put into question in Suppl 39/1993 where it was noted as "currently under study." Richard C. Banks suggests to keep Apus melba until further investigation  



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