J. R. Forster, 1796,
#R Great Namaqualand, South Africa.
Usually considered sufficiently distinctive to merit a monospecific genus, but sometimes lumped into Aegypius; was even considered to form a superspecies with Aegypius monachus. Variation appears to be largely individual and clinal, and validity of races thus questionable; nubicus perhaps better treated as an intermediate form#R. Original spelling and date/citation have long been disputed, but there is no evidence that the claimed 1791 edition ever existed#R#R; misquoted spelling “tracheliotus” (with -us ending) may have arisen from defective printing on p. 362 (although discernible as “-os”), but clearly printed as -os on plate. Three subspecies currently recognized.
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