Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Micronesian Myzomela (Myzomela rubratra) - HBW 13, p. 644

French: Myzomèle de Micronésie German: Mikronesienhonigfresser Spanish: Mielero de Micronesia
Other common names: Micronesian (Cardinal) Honeyeater; Guam/Safford’s Cardinal Honeyeater (saffordi)

Taxonomy: Cinnyris rubrater Lesson, 1827, Kosrae, east Caroline Islands.
Forms a superspecies with M. chermesina, M. chloroptera, M. wakoloensis, M. boiei, M. sanguinolenta, M. caledonica, M. cardinalis and possibly M. erythromelas. Limits of this superspecies not certain and require study, especially regarding inclusion of M. erythromelas; further, M. erythrocephala, M. dammermani, M. kuehni and M. adolphinae are closely related to the group, M. vulnerata also may be, and possibly M. rosenbergii and the M. lafargei superspecies should be inclu.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Cinnyris rubrater Lesson, 1827, Kosrae, east Caroline Islands.
Forms a superspecies with M. chermesina, M. chloroptera, M. wakoloensis, M. boiei, M. sanguinolenta, M. caledonica, M. cardinalis and possibly M. erythromelas. Limits of this superspecies not certain and require study, especially regarding inclusion of M. erythromelas; further, M. erythrocephala, M. dammermani, M. kuehni and M. adolphinae are closely related to the group, M. vulnerata also may be, and possibly M. rosenbergii and the M. lafargei superspecies should be included. Present species sometimes treated as conspecific with M. cardinalis, but differs in morphology and vocalizations. Birds of this species recorded on Sapwuahfik (Ngatik), near Pohnpei, of uncertain race; provisionally included in dichromata. Seven subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • asuncionis Salomonsen, 1966 - N & C Northern Mariana Is (Maug Is and Asuncion S to Anatahan).
  • saffordi Wetmore, 1917 - S Northern Marianas (Saipan, Tinian, Aguijan, Rota; formerly also Guam).
  • kobayashii Momiyama, 1922 - nearly all islands of Palau (from Kayangel S to Angaur).

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  • asuncionis Salomonsen, 1966 - N & C Northern Mariana Is (Maug Is and Asuncion S to Anatahan).
  • saffordi Wetmore, 1917 - S Northern Marianas (Saipan, Tinian, Aguijan, Rota; formerly also Guam).
  • kobayashii Momiyama, 1922 - nearly all islands of Palau (from Kayangel S to Angaur).
  • kurodai Momiyama, 1922 - Yap, in W Caroline Is.
  • major Bonaparte, 1854 - Chuuk Is, including Nama, Losap and Mortlock Is (Namoluk, Ettal, Lukunor and Satawan atolls), in C Carolines.
  • dichromata Wetmore, 1919 - Pohnpei and nearby Sapwuahfik Atoll (Ngatik), in E Carolines.
  • rubratra (Lesson, 1827) - Kosrae, E of Pohnpei.
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