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    Bryan's Shearwater

    A new species of Shearwater (Bryan's Shearwater) is being proposed by Peter Pyle. A link to the paper can be found here http://www.jstor.org/pss/10.1525/cond.2011.100117 but only the abstract is available so far.

    Small black-and-white shearwaters of the genus Puffinus are distributed globally, and their phylogenetic relationships are complex and uncertain. In 1963 a small shearwater collected at Midway Atoll in the North Pacific Ocean was identified as a Little Shearwater (P. assimilis), but several physical features suggest closer alliance with Audubon's Shearwater (P. lherminieri) and its relatives. Biometrics indicate that the taxon this specimen represents is smaller than any other known shearwater, and phylogenetic analyses indicate it is distinct, with a pair-wise sequence divergence of at least 3.8% from all related taxa. We thus propose a new species based on the specimen: Bryan's Shearwater (Puffinus bryani). The breeding and nonbreeding ranges of Bryan's Shearwater are unknown, but a physical resemblance to the North Atlantic boydi (of controversial taxonomic status within Puffinus) suggests an affiliation with subtropical or tropical waters. Bryan's Shearwater is apparently rare and could be threatened by extinction; therefore, additional information is needed to increase our understanding of this taxon and its conservation requirements.

    Any more info out there on this one?

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    At work on a Saturday, what's a librarian to do, but look for information! I found this press release from the Smithsonian.

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    There is some info, a copy of the press release and photo of a possible bird in the hand at Ian Paulsen's blog:


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