White-eyes (Zosteropidae)

Citrine White-eye (Zosterops semperi) - HBW 13, p. 448

French: Zostérops de Semper German: Semperbrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos de las Carolinas
Other common names: Caroline (Islands) White-eye

Taxonomy: Zosterops semperi Hartlaub, 1868, Palau Islands.
Forms a superspecies with Z. rotensis, Z. conspicillatus and Z. hypolais; all formerly considered conspecific, but differ in plumage, vocalizations and behaviour, and treatment as separate species supported by DNA-DNA hybridization and analyses of mitochondrial DNA. Geographical variation minimal, but races separated by large geographical distances. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • semperi Hartlaub, 1868 - Palau Is.
  • owstoni E. J. O. Hartert, 1900 - Chuuk (high islands within the atoll: Weno, Udot, Fefan, Fana, Dublon, Uman and Fanabeguets), in E Caroline Is.
  • takatsukasai Momiyama, 1922 - Pohnpei I, in EC Caroline Is.

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