A new prion species from Gough Island.

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Ian Southey
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A new prion species from Gough Island.

Postby Ian Southey » Fri Jul 04, 2014 7:09 am

Just when you think you are getting the hang of what is washing up on the beach or flying past the boat ... there's this - www.fitzpatrick.uct.ac.za/african_birdlife/AB02(4)10-11.pdf

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Ian Southey
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Re: A new prion species from Gough Island.

Postby Ian Southey » Fri Feb 25, 2022 2:53 pm

This population has been identified as Pachyptila macgillivrayi, essentially on genetics. The genetic distance between these two populations is similar to that between Salvin's and Antarctic Prions and shows much greater differences than the far more distant populations of Broad-billed Prions from the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean populations. This is the opposite of what I'd expect so perhaps not the last word on this subject.

https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/1 ... 1845-3.pdf

Ian

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