[ANSTHRLD] Cardinal Proper

Pat Mullins paedrics at yahoo.com
Tue May 3 16:47:56 PDT 2011

The northern cardinal is the "type species" for the genus. Type species is defined in Wikipedia as:
In biological nomenclature, a type species is a species to which the name of a genus is permanently linked. It comes into play whenever taxon containing multiple species must be divided; the type species automatically assigns the name of the original taxon to one of the resulting new taxons, reducing the potential for confusion.

Crap.  The male variant of one particular species (in this case, one
of three with "cardinal" in the name) gets labelled with "proper".

Daniel de Lindocolina
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