Petrels and Shearwaters (Procellariidae)

Little Shearwater (Puffinus assimilis) - HBW 1, p. 256

French: Puffin semblable German: Kleiner Sturmtaucher Spanish: Pardela Chica
Other common names: Allied/Dusky Shearwater

Taxonomy: Puffinus assimilis Gould, 1838, New South Wales = Norfolk Island.
Sometimes considered to include P. lherminieri and P. heinrothi. Race boydi should perhaps be ascribed to former. Eight subspecies normally recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • baroli (Bonaparte, 1857) - Azores S to Canary Is.
  • boydi Mathews, 1912 - Cape Verde Is.
  • tunneyi Mathews, 1912 - islands off SW Australia.

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  • baroli (Bonaparte, 1857) - Azores S to Canary Is.
  • boydi Mathews, 1912 - Cape Verde Is.
  • tunneyi Mathews, 1912 - islands off SW Australia.
  • assimilis Gould, 1838 - Lord Howe I, Norfolk I.
  • kermadecensis Murphy, 1927 - Kermadec Is.
  • haurakiensis Fleming & Serventy, 1943 - islands off NE North I (New Zealand).
  • elegans Giglioli & Salvadori, 1869 - Tristan da Cunha, Gough I; Chatham, Antipodes Is.
  • myrtae Bourne, 1959 - Rapa I in Austral Is (SC Pacific).
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