On Temminck's tailless Ceylon Junglefowl, and how Darwin denied their existence

  title={On Temminck's tailless Ceylon Junglefowl, and how Darwin denied their existence},
  author={Hein van Grouw and W. J. M. Dekkers and Kees Rookmaaker},
  journal={Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club},
  pages={261 - 271}
Summary. Ceylon Junglefowl was described in 1807 by the Dutch ornithologist Coenraad Jacob Temminck. The specimens he examined were tailless (‘rumpless’) and therefore he named them Gallus ecaudatus. In 1831 the French naturalist René Primevère Lesson described a Ceylon Junglefowl with a tail as Gallus lafayetii (= lafayettii), apparently unaware of Temminck's ecaudatus. Subsequently, ecaudatus and lafayettii were realised to be the same species, of which G. stanleyi and G. lineatus are junior… 
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