Cormorants (Phalacrocoracidae)

European Shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis) - HBW 1, p. 346

French: Cormoran huppé German: Krähenscharbe Spanish: Cormorán Moñudo
Other common names: Common/Green Shag, Green Cormorant

Taxonomy: Pelecanus aristotelis Linnaeus, 1761, Sweden.
Sometimes placed in genus Stictocarbo. Race riggenbachi may be inseparable from desmarestii. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • aristotelis (Linnaeus, 1761) - Iceland and N Scandinavia S to Iberian Peninsula.
  • desmarestii (Payraudeau, 1826) - C Mediterranean E to Black Sea.
  • riggenbachi Hartert, 1923 - coast of Morocco.