Museum samples provide novel insights into the taxonomy and genetic diversity of Irish red grouse

@article{Freeland2006MuseumSP,
  title={Museum samples provide novel insights into the taxonomy and genetic diversity of Irish red grouse},
  author={Joanna R. Freeland and Sarah Shore Anderson and David Allen and Declan Looney},
  journal={Conservation Genetics},
  year={2006},
  volume={8},
  pages={695-703}
}
The taxonomic status of red grouse in Ireland has been the subject of considerable debate over the past century. Irish red grouse are usually classified as Lagopus lagopus scoticus, which is the same subspecies as that found in Britain, but some ornithologists believe that native Irish red grouse constitute an endemic subspecies, namely L. lagopus hibernicus. The considerable decline of Irish red grouse over the past century, along with possible hybridization with introduced grouse from Britain… CONTINUE READING