Storm-Petrels - Proposed split into two families [SEC=UNOFFICIAL]

To: "'Frank O'Connor'" <>, "" <>
Subject: Storm-Petrels - Proposed split into two families [SEC=UNOFFICIAL]
From: "Perkins, Harvey" <>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 02:44:12 +0000
I was just looking at that myself, then moved on to Taxonomy in Flux .

Essentially, the Oceanitidae "Southern Storm-Petrels" include:

.Wilson's Storm-Petrel, Oceanites oceanicus
.Elliot's Storm-Petrel, Oceanites gracilis
.Pincoya Storm-Petrel, Oceanites pincoyae
.Polynesian Storm-Petrel, Nesofregetta fuliginosa
.Gray-backed Storm-Petrel, Garrodia nereis
.White-faced Storm-Petrel, Pelagodroma marina
.White-bellied Storm-Petrel, Fregetta grallaria
.Black-bellied Storm-Petrel, Fregetta tropica
.New Zealand Storm-Petrel, Fregetta maoriana

And the Hydrobatidae "Northern Storm-Petrels"  include what used to be Hydrobates and 
Oceanodroma genera:

.Cape Verde Storm-Petrel, Thalobata jabejabe
."Pacific Storm-Petrel", Thalobata cryptoleucura
.Monteiro's Storm-Petrel, Thalobata monteiroi
.Band-rumped Storm-Petrel / Madeiran Storm-Petrel, Thalobata castro
.Least Storm-Petrel, Halocyptena microsoma
.Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel, Halocyptena tethys
.Black Storm-Petrel, Halocyptena melania
.Matsudaira's Storm-Petrel, Halocyptena matsudairae
.European Storm-Petrel / British Storm-Petrel, Hydrobates pelagicus
.Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel, Hydrobates furcatus
.Ringed Storm-Petrel / Hornby's Storm-Petrel, Cymochorea hornbyi
.Markham's Storm-Petrel, Cymochorea markhami
.Tristram's Storm-Petrel, Cymochorea tristrami
.Guadalupe Storm-Petrel, Cymochorea macrodactyla
.Ashy Storm-Petrel, Cymochorea homochroa
.Swinhoe's Storm-Petrel, Cymochorea monorhis
.Leach's Storm-Petrel, Cymochorea leucorhoa


Dr Harvey Perkins
CRC Programme Liaison Officer
Phone +61 2 6213 7472

-----Original Message-----
From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf Of 
Frank O'Connor
Sent: Tuesday, 16 December 2014 1:27 PM
Subject: Storm-Petrels - Proposed split into two families

I just looked up the IOC web site and it looks like the 
storm-petrels will be split into two families in the next version 5.1 due in 
early 2015.

Hydrobatidae - northern storm-petrels
Oceanitidae - southern storm-petrels

Not exactly certain where each genus will fall, but I guess we will find out in 

For those interested in families, it looks like Swallow-tailed 
Cotinga will be put back into Cotingidae (it was previously indeterminate)

Frank O'Connor                          Birding WA
Phone : (08) 9386 5694               Email :  

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