Lesson and Garnot, 1828,
near Dorey, New Guinea.
Considerable geographical variation chiefly in gloss colour of males. Race grayi distinctive, with maroon vs black mantle to back and breast (3) and seemingly smaller size (in particular vs race porphyrolaema, on rest of Sulawesi), although porphyrolaema shares the purple vs blue throat; study of voices needed. Races sangirensis and talautensis also distinctive for having coppery throat, while chlorolaema has green throat. Races corinna, vicina and salvadorii not well marked; perhaps synonymous with nominate#R. Proposed race tonkeana (from E Sulawesi) included in porphyrolaema; morotensis (Morotai, off N Halmahera) in auriceps; olympia (Misool, in West Papuan Is) in cochrani; bergmanni (Adi I, off S Bomberai Peninsula, in W New Guinea) in nominate; and chlorocephala (Wokam, in Aru Is) in aspasioides. Species name previously listed as sericea, but this name is preoccupied#R#R. Race chlorolaema previously listed under junior synonym theresia, as former erroneously thought to be preoccupied. Proposed name jobiensis (Yapen I, in Geelvink Bay) is older than salvadorii, but appears to have been based on specimens of nominate (then known as “sericeus”), and may in any case have to be considered a nomen oblitum; material for salvadorii may have come not from Yapen but from nearby Mios Num; further study required. Twenty-three subspecies recognized.
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