Albatross status.

Subject: Albatross status.
From: Tony Russell <>
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2000 10:09:17 +1000
Morning all,

Is there anyone out there who can authoritatively advise as to the present
status of various albatross species / subspecies? ie, which are now full
species and which are still subspecies? 
In the absence of trinomials I find these very difficult to sort out and
they seem to be changing at a rate that the literature can't keep up with.
Are the Robertson and Nunn proposals being adopted or have they fallen by
the wayside?
The birds in question are as follows:
Diomedea exulans                - Wandering Albatross
Diomedea antipodensis           - Antipodean Alb. 
Diomedea amsterdamensis - Amsterdam Alb.
and what is Diomedea chionoptera?
Diomedea gibsoni                - Gibson's Alb.   
Diomedea epomophora             - Southern Royal Alb.
Diomedea sanfordi               - Northern Royal Alb.
Thalassarche impavida   - Campbell Alb.
Thalassarche chlororhynchos     - Atlantic Yellow-nosed Alb.
Thalassarche bassi              - Indian Yellow-nosed Alb.
Thalassarche cauta              - Shy Alb.
Thalassarche salvini            - Salvin's Alb.
Thalassarche eremita            - Chatham Alb.

I think it's time for a definitive statement on these, something like
Schodde has done with passerines ( even though he gives me some grief with
his lumpings and splittings).  I don't have access to Hanzab so please
don't refer me to that, and even then, is that up to date with the taxonomy
of these birds?
Tony Russell,
  Adelaide, South Australia
  phone : 08 8337 5959  , o/s 61 8 8337 5959
  There's nothing quite like the feeling of seeing a new bird is there?

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