Present address: American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024, USA.
A new genus of frogmouth (Podargidae) from the Solomon Islands – results from a taxonomic review of Podargus ocellatus inexpectatus Hartert 1901
Article first published online: 16 JAN 2007
Volume 149, Issue 2, pages 271–286, April 2007
How to Cite
CLEERE, N., KRATTER, A. W., STEADMAN, D. W., BRAUN, M. J., HUDDLESTON, C. J., FILARDI, C. E. and DUTSON, G. (2007), A new genus of frogmouth (Podargidae) from the Solomon Islands – results from a taxonomic review of Podargus ocellatus inexpectatus Hartert 1901. Ibis, 149: 271–286. doi: 10.1111/j.1474-919X.2006.00626.x
- Issue published online: 22 JAN 2007
- Article first published online: 16 JAN 2007
- Received 13 February 2006; revision accepted 4 August 2006.
The frogmouth taxon occurring on the Solomon Islands has been known as Podargus ocellatus inexpectatus, a subspecies endemic to four islands in the Solomon Islands of a species that also inhabits New Guinea and Australia. Our morphological, osteological and molecular studies support recognition of inexpectatus at the species level, and further reveal that it merits placement in its own genus, which we describe here. Compared with the two other extant podargid genera, inexpectatus does not seem to be more closely related either to Batrachostomus (confined to the Indo-Malayan faunal region) or to Podargus of the Papuan–Australian faunal region. We also review the specimen history of the Solomon Islands Frogmouth, and discuss what little is known about its ecology, natural history and distribution.