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Royal or West African Crested Tern

Thalasseus [maximus or albididorsalis] (= Thalasseus maximus) (Boddaert, 1783)

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Species concept Clements 1st editionClements, version 2021Clements 3rd editionClements 4th editionClements 5th edition (as published)Clements 6th edition
Thalasseus [maximus or albididorsalis] Sterna maxima
Royal Tern
 
 
Sterna maxima
Royal Tern
Sterna maxima
Royal Tern
Sterna maxima
Royal Tern
Thalasseus maximus
Royal Tern
* Thalasseus maximus  
 
Thalasseus maximus
Royal Tern
 
 
 
 
Sterna maxima maxima
 
Thalasseus maximus maximus
 
* Thalasseus albididorsalis  
 
Thalasseus albididorsalis
West African Crested Tern
 
 
 
 
Sterna maxima albididorsalis
 
Thalasseus maximus albididorsalis
 

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