Dwight's original writings on atlantis Gulls

Dwight, J, (1922), Description of a new race of the Lesser Black-backed Gull, from the Azores, Am. Mus. Novitates, 44: 1-2.

page 1

page 2

Dwight, J, (1925), The Gulls (Laridae) of the World: their Plumages, Moults, Variations, Relationships and Distribution, Bull. Amer. Mus. Nat. Hist. 52: 63-401.

pages 208-209

pages 210-211

pages 212-213

pages 214-215

page 216

The above have been presented here so that the misleading information presented below on 15 October 2002 can be corrected:

From: Millington/BIS <sales@BIRDINGWORLD.CO.UK>
To: BIRDWG01@listserv.arizona.edu <BIRDWG01@listserv.arizona.edu>
>Just today I read a 'Trends in systematics' article by Pierre Yesou (Dutch
> Birding 24, p271-298) which addresses the taxonomy of the large,
> white-headed gulls. PY suggests that "It is wise to restrict the use of the name -atlantis- to
> the birds breeding in the Azores, as Dwight originally did"

The reply to BIRDWG01 from Nick Rossiter (15 October 2002) was:

Except Dwight did not do this, Richard.
Dwight in his 1922 paper Description of a New Race of the LBBG from the Azores, Amer Mus Novitates no. 44 includes two specimens from the Canaries in his original atlantis specimens.
In his mammoth paper The Gulls of the World 1925 he writes at p.208-210:
atlantis [which he called above the Azorean Lesser Black-backed Gull] is resident on the islands and coasts of northwestern Africa including the Azores, Madeira, Canary and perhaps the Cape Verde Islands.

Note the articles:

Dubois, P J, (2001), Atlantic Islands Yellow-legged Gulls, an Identification Gallery, Birding World, 14(7) 293-304

Jonsson, L, (1998), Yellow-legged Gulls and Yellow-legged Herring Gulls in the Baltic, Alula 4(3): 74-100.

contain similar invalid claims concerning Dwight's writings. The invalid claim is further repeated in:

Yésou, P, (2002), Trends in Systematics, Systematics of Larus argentatus-cachinnans-fuscus Complex Revisited, Dutch Birding 24(5) 271-298.

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