Scientific names: Puffins and Shearwaters

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Subject: Scientific names: Puffins and Shearwaters
From: David McDonald <>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 1997 18:52:31 +1000
I note from the field guides that the scientific name of the Puffin is
Fratercula artica whereas the Manx Shearwater is puffinus puffinus.  Can
anyone explain this:  why are shearwaters puffinus and Puffins

David McDonald
PO Box 1355, Woden ACT 2606, Australia
Tel: +61 6 231 8904 (h); +61 6 249 5618 (w)
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