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Fossils indicate Pelecanoides georgicus had large colonies at Mason Bay, Stewart Island, New Zealand

TitleFossils indicate Pelecanoides georgicus had large colonies at Mason Bay, Stewart Island, New Zealand
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsWorthy, TH
JournalNotornis
Volume45
Issue4
Pagination229-246
Type of Articlepaper
KeywordsHolocene fossils, New Zealand, Pelecanoides georgicus, Stewart Island
Abstract

Osteological characters distinguishing the South Georgian Diving Petrel (Pelecanoides georgicus) from the Common Diving Petrel (P. urinatrix) are described. P. georgicus is shown to be the main diving petrel in Holocene fossil deposits at Mason Bay, Stewart Island, New Zealand, where it is represented by thousands of bones. P georgicus is also recorded from dune deposits on Chatham Island. The Codfish Island population is thus a remnant of a formerly large Pacific population that bred on Macquarie Island, Auckland Islands, Stewart Island and Chatham Island, and is therefore of high conservation priority.

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