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Synonyms: Diomedea exulans antipodensis
[Photo] Gibson's Albatross (Diomedea antipodensis gibsoni). Subspecies of Antipodean Albatross, considered by some to be same species as Wandering Albatross. Location: Sydney, Australia. Date October 2006. Author: Duncan Wright (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Sabine%27s_Sunbird).
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The Antipodean Albatross
) is a large seabird
from the albatross
family. One of the great albatrosses
of the genus Diomedea
, it was only distinguished as a subspecies of the Wandering Albatross
in 1992 and recognised by some authorities as a full species in 1998. While not all scientists believe it is a full species, retaining it with the Wandering Albatross
, a 2004 study of the mitochondrial DNA and microsatellites of the Wandering Albatross
species complex supported the split. Antipodean Albatross
es are smaller than Wandering Albatross
es, and breed in predominantly brown plumage, but are otherwise difficult to distinguish from Wanderers.
es nest on New Zealand's outer island groups. There are two subspecies within the Antipodean Albatross
, Diomedea antipodensis
antipodensis, which nests on Antipodes Islands and Campbell Island and Diomedea antipodensis gibsoni
, which nests on the Auckland Islands. Diomedea antipodensis gibsoni
was considered a separate species as well after 1998, but the 2004 study showed there was little evidence to support the split. At sea Antipodean Albatross
es range across the South Pacific from Australia to as far as Chile. They feed predominantly on squid
and to a lesser extent fish (unlike other albatross
species they are not recorded eating any crustaceans), and have been recorded visiting the spawning grounds of the giant cuttlefish
off New South Wales.
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