Pacific Gull

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Subject: Pacific Gull
From: Carl Clifford <>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2008 19:52:57 +1000
Dear All,

Dear old Dr. John Latham is to blame. He named the bird in his "Supplementum indicis ornithologici sive systematis ornithologiae" in 1802. Unfortunately Dr. Latham never voyaged as far as the Antipodes (I don't think he ever left England), and had to rely on specimens supplied by others, which would undoubtedly have been collected from along the southern NSW and Tasmanian east coasts, and named them eponymously from their collection location. It is a pity that not much was known about what lived west of Bass Strait at that time, otherwise Larus p. might very well have ended up with a very much different name if he knew the true distribution.


Carl Clifford

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