Proposal (515) to South American Classification Committee
Remove hyphens from certain English names that do not represent monophyletic groups: “Black-Hawk"
In his comments on 402, Alvaro asked whether we should just do this automatically when new data refute the monophyly of a hyphenated group, and I personally would like to go that route so that I don’t have to waste time on proposals like this one. However, I one could make a case that each instance might differ, and so here we go with a couple of additional examples.
By accepting the classification of Raposo do Amaral et al. (2009) (SACC proposal 492), we accept that “Common Black-Hawk” and “Great Black-Hawk” do not form a monophyletic group within Buteogallus. Therefore, the hyphen, now misleading, should be removed.
Van Remsen, February 2012
Comments from Jaramillo: “YES – Confirming that this is a good idea and we should do this automatically in the future.”
Comments from Stiles: “YES. Seems a good way to indicate that these species are not sisters, as the name with a hyphen implies.”