Gannets and Boobies (Sulidae)

Masked Booby (Sula dactylatra) - HBW 1, p. 324

French: Fou masqué German: Maskentölpel Spanish: Piquero Enmascarado
Other common names: Blue-faced/White Booby

Taxonomy: Sula dactylatra Lesson, 1831, Ascension Island.
Hybridization with S. leucogaster has been recorded. Five subspecies recognized; a sixth, bedouti, sometimes accepted.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • dactylatra Lesson, 1831 - – Caribbean and SW Atlantic.
  • melanops Heuglin, 1859 - – W Indian Ocean.
  • personata Gould, 1846 - – E Indian Ocean, W & C Pacific.

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  • dactylatra Lesson, 1831 - – Caribbean and SW Atlantic.
  • melanops Heuglin, 1859 - – W Indian Ocean.
  • personata Gould, 1846 - – E Indian Ocean, W & C Pacific.
  • fullagari O'Brien & Davies, 1990 - – N Tasman Sea.
  • granti Rothschild, 1902 - – E Pacific.