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Acta Theriologica

, Volume 48, Issue 4, pp 433–439 | Cite as

Subspecies of the Eeuropean beaverCastor fiber Linnaeus, 1758

  • Grzegorz Gabryś
  • Agnieszka Ważna
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Abstract

Subspecific relationships of the European beaverCastor fiber have been obscured by failure to follow the rules of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature and remain an open issue. Inconsequence in the use of subspecies names caused a nomenclatural as well as a taxonomic confusion. We discuss these controversial and incorrect nomenclatural decisions, and recognize 9 nominal subspecies of European beaver, bearing 9 available names:C. f. fiber Linnaeus, 1758,C. f. galliae Geoffroy, 1803, C. f. albicus Matschie, 1907,C. f. vistulanus Matschie, 1907,C. f. pohlei Serebrennikov, 1929,C. f. birulai Serebrennikov, 1929,C. f. tuvinicus Lavrov, 1969,C. f. belorussicus Lavrov, 1981, andC. f. orientoeuropaeus Lavrov, 1981.

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Castor fiber subspecies systematics nomenclature 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Grzegorz Gabryś
    • 1
  • Agnieszka Ważna
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biology, Institute of Biotechnology and Environmental SciencesUniversity of Zielona GóraZielona GóraPoland

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