Pacific Gull

To: "'Tim Dolby'" <>
Subject: Pacific Gull
From: "Tony Russell" <>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2008 15:56:05 +0930
Given the coastlines where it lives mostly maybe "South Coast Gull"
would be more appropriate Tim.  How about "Black-backed Southern Gull"?

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Tim Dolby
Sent: Friday, August 15, 2008 3:22 PM
To: Tim Dolby
Subject: Pacific Gull

Hi all, 

Just for a bit of fun (it's Friday after all) I thought I'd question the
appropriateness of the name of the Pacific Gull. 

Recently Grant Brosie asked about the status of Pacific Gull in NSW.
Basically it seems that they are uncommon to rare in NSW. NSW borders
the Pacific Ocean. By contrast they are common in Victoria, Tasmania,
South Australia and Western Australia. From what I can gather only the
west coast of Victoria and Tasmania borders the Pacific Ocean (I could
be wrong, in which case everything I'm saying is wrong). The rest of
these areas either border the India Ocean / or Southern Ocean - and the
Pacific Gull is common in an area known as Bass Striat. 

So the question is why is it called a Pacific Gull? Surely it should be
called something else!

For example the Atherton Scrubwren is called the Atherton Scrubwren
because it's found on the Atherton Tableland, the Chatham Albatross is a
Chatham Albatross because it breeds on the Chatham Islands. Similarly
the Northern Scrub-Robin is called a a Northern Scrub-Robin because it's
found in northern Australia, and the Southern Scrub-Robin... well you
get the idea. 

So, here are some suggestion as alternative names for the Pacific Gull
(Larus pacificus), most of which are stupid: 

  Bass Strait Gull
  Great Southern Gull or just Southern Gull
  Victorian Gull
  Tasmanian Gull
  South Australian Gull (maybe not)
  Western Australian Gull
  Indian Ocean Gull
  Large-billed Gull (although Larus crassirostris, the scientific 
           name for the Black-tailed Gull, means large-billed gull)
  Very-large-billed Gull
    Red-tipped-billed Gull
  Large Black-backed Gull  
  Pacific Gull (oh, hang on.. whoops)
  Australian Gull
  Simon (why not?)
  Dolby's Gull (because I thought about this in the first place!)


Tim Dolby

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