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Procellariinae

(Subfamily)

Overview

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A Sub-family in the Kingdom Animalia.

Taxonomy

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The Subfamily Procellariinae is a member of the Family Procellariidae. Here is the complete "parentage" of Procellariinae:

The Subfamily Procellariinae is further organized into finer groupings including:

Genera

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Adamastor

Adamastor is a Greek-type mythological character famed by the Portuguese poet Lu?s de Cam?es in his epic poem Os Lus?adas (first printed in 1572), as a symbol of the forces of nature Portuguese navigators had to overcome during their discoveries. Cam?es gave his creation a history as one of the Gigantes of Greek mythology who had been spurned by Thetis, now appearing in the form of a threatening storm cloud to Vasco da Gama and threatening ruin to anyone hardy enough to pass the Cape and penetrate the Indian Ocean, which was Adamastor's domain. Adamastor became the Spirit of the Cape, a hideous phantom of unearthly pallor: [more]

Aphrodroma

The Kerguelen Petrel (Lugensa brevirostris) is a small (36 cm long) slate-grey seabird in the family Procellariidae. The species has been described as a "taxonomic oddball", being placed for a long time in Pterodroma (the gadfly petrels) before being split out in 1942 into its own genus Lugensa (or Aphrodroma). The genus was not widely accepted until 1985, though subsequent research has supported it. The position within the procellariids is still a matter of debate; when it was split away from the Pterodroma petrels it was suggested that it may be a fulmarine petrel, whereas a 1998 study placed the species close to the shearwaters and the genus Bulweria. [more]

Bulweria

Bulweria is a genus of seabirds in the family Procellariidae named after English naturalist James Bulwer. The genus has two living species, Bulwer's Petrel (B. bulwerii) and Jouanin's Petrel (B. fallax). A third species, the Small Saint Helena Petrel, (Bulweria bifax) became extinct in the early 16th century; it is known only from skeletal remains. [more]

Daption

The Cape Petrel (Daption capense) also called Cape Pigeon or Pintado Petrel, is a common seabird of the Southern Ocean from the family Procellariidae. It is the only member of the genus Daption, and is allied to the fulmarine petrels, and the Giant Petrels. It is also sometimes known as the Cape Fulmar.[] They are extremely common seabirds with an estimated population of around 2 million.[citation needed] [more]

Halobaena

The Blue Petrel (Halobaena caerulea) is a small seabird in the family Procellariidae. This small petrel is the only member of the genus Halobaena but is closely allied to the prions. [more]

Macronectes

Giant petrels is a genus, Macronectes, from the family Procellariidae and consist of two species. They are the largest birds from this family. Both species are restricted to the Southern Hemisphere, and though their distributions overlap greatly with both species breeding on the Prince Edward Islands, Crozet Islands, Kerguelen Islands, Macquarie Island and South Georgia, many Southern Giant Petrel nest further south, with colonies as far south as Antarctica. Giant petrels are aggressive predators and scavengers, which has led to the other common name they were known as, the Stinker, and the whalers used to call them gluttons. [more]

Pachyptila

Pachyptila is a genus from the family Procellariidae and the Procellariiformes order. The members of this genus and the Blue Petrel form a sub-group called Prions. [more]

Pagodroma

It is the only member of the genus Pagodroma. It is one of only three birds that breed exclusively in Antarctica and has been seen at the South Pole. It has the most southerly breeding distribution of any bird.citation needed] [more]

Pterodroma

The gadfly petrels are seabirds in the bird order Procellariiformes. These medium to large petrels feed on food items picked from the ocean surface. [more]

Thalassoica

The Antarctic Petrel (Thalassoica antarctica) is a boldly marked dark brown and white petrel, found in Antarctica, most commonly in the Ross and Weddell seas. They eat Antarctic krill, fish, and small squid. They feed while swimming but can dive well from the surface and the air. [more]

More info about the Genus Thalassoica may be found here.

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Last Revised: August 24, 2012
2012/08/24 20:10:31