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Studies of Tasmanian cetacea. Part III. Tursiops tursio. Southern form

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Scott, Herbert Hedley and Lord, Clive Errol (1919) Studies of Tasmanian cetacea. Part III. Tursiops tursio. Southern form. Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 96-109.

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Abstract

In foregoing papers we have dealt with (i.) Orca
gladiator, Pseudorca crassidens, Globicephalus melas, and
(ii.) Ziphius cavirostris. In the present instance we desire
to place on record certain data relating to Tursiops
tursio, and to show reasons why it should be included as
an inhabitant of the Australian Zone. In a succeeding
paper we hope to publish certain facts concerning
D. delphis.
The genus Tursiops should not be confounded with
that of Tursio, which latter genus, with very little readjustment,
might well be relegated to mere specific rank,
for it is closely involved with other genera—for example,
Prodelphus.
Gray used the designation Tursio in 1862, but, as it
had been previously used by Wagler for another genus,
Grays designation lapsed, and Tursiops was substituted.
Tursio, however, is still retained for its correct genus,
which explains why care must be taken to differentiate
between the two genera.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 96-109
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.

Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2013 05:39
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 00:59
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