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Published: 2017-02-21

Settling the name Diomedea exulans Linnaeus, 1758 for the Wandering Albatross by neotypification

Australian National Wildlife Collection, CSIRO National Research Collections Australia, GPO Box 1700, Canberra, Australia 2601
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, PO Box 467, Wellington, New Zealand
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St., New York, NY 10024, U.S.A.
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St., New York, NY 10024, U.S.A.
Natural Sciences Collections, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Domplatz 4, D-06108 Halle (Saale), Germany
Natural Sciences Collections, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Domplatz 4, D-06108 Halle (Saale), Germany
Aves nomenclature neotypification albatross Diomedea exulans Diomedeidae

Abstract

On-going conflict in use of the name Diomedea exulans Linnaeus, 1758 for different taxa of the great albatrosses (Wandering Albatross complex) is resolved by neotypification, fixing the name to the large subantarctic form formerly often known as D. chionoptera Salvin, 1896. Application of all scientific names in the complex is reviewed, an annotated synonymy for the large subantarctic form is provided, available names for smaller, temperate-zone forms are listed, and unavailable and otherwise invalid names referable to the complex are identified. Syntypes of D. chionoptera and D. spadicea J.F. Gmelin, 1789 are lectotypified as well, fixing their names as synonyms of D. exulans to prevent possible disturbance to in-use names for the smaller, temperate-zone forms.

 

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How to Cite

SCHODDE, R., TENNYSON, A. J., GROTH, J. G., LAI, J., SCOFIELD, P., & STEINHEIMER, F. D. (2017). Settling the name <em>Diomedea</em> <em>exulans</em> Linnaeus, 1758 for the Wandering Albatross by neotypification. Zootaxa, 4236(1), 135–148. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4236.1.7