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Subject: Albatross
From: "David Nicholls" <>
Date: Fri, 07 Jul 2006 14:22:27 +1000
Hi all
Albatross Taxonomy
There is a good recent review by Michael Double for Agreement on
Conservation of Albatross and Petrels.  
It is in the Brazil June 2006 meeting papers which incl M Double's
account. It is at

Or go to ACAP / Advisory Committee (at lower left of screen) 
/ Second Meeting (last line )
/ meeting documents (last line)

This paper gives a reasoned discussion of the complexities, one that I
find to be understandable and appreciative of the alternate view points.
There is still some major new morphometric, ecological and
distributional data to be published soon which I feel tips the balance
towards the 24 taxa scheme (in my view). We do need a decent set of
photographs of known provenance birds to sort the Antipodean and
Gibson's (D. antipodensis and D gibsoni verses D. a. antipodensis vs D
a. gibsoni). Without these data, the discussion seems premature.

At the first ACAP meeting there was a listing of the albatross species.
There is of course BirdLife International's listing.

>From memory this lists the species.

These is a good article on albatross incl taxonomy at

Hope this is not bring coals to Newcastle.
Best wishes David

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