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Systematic list of Tasmanian birds

Legge, William Vincent 1886 , 'Systematic list of Tasmanian birds' , Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania , pp. 235-245 .

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-In the following Systematic List, the Birds of Tasmania are dividedd into 12 orders. The object has been to supply workers in Ornithology
with an idea as to the proper classification of our birds, prior to the issue of a
systematic catalogue, which it is hoped will be published next year. By the
term "proper" must be understood a classification that will group together
such familie s as are manifestly allied to one another, and place them in that
senquence which is the natural ontcome of the affinities of the genera of one
family with those of another. There are, it is true, gaps to be fonud in most
of the great recognised Orders which are difficult to bridge over; but, as a rule,
members of one family (or sub-family) are found, by reason of their anatomy
or their habits, to grade into one anothor in such a manner as to enable the
systematist to group them in a natural sequence.
with the paucity of data which exists concerning the
Petrels, I have not thought it advisable to subdivide this neglected family at
present. I have likewise thought it better to keep the blue and white Reef
Herons as one species.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Legge, William Vincent
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
ISSN: 0080-4703
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.

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