Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels

Lousy times for three New Zealand albatrosses

Ricardo Palma (Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand) has described in the journal Zootaxa a new species of chewing louse from three species of albatrosses in New Zealand: Light-mantled Sooty Phoebetria palpebrata, Grey-headed Thalassarche chrysostoma and Campbell T. impavida.

The paper's abstract follows:

"I describe and illustrate three new species of chewing lice in the genus Saemundssonia, collected from seabirds in New Zealand, the Galápagos and other islands of the Pacific Ocean.  They are: Saemundssonia (Saemundssonia) albatrossa n. sp. from Phoebetria palpebrata, Thalassarche chrysostoma, and Thalassarche impavida; Saemundssonia (Saemundssonia) creagrusa n. sp. from Creagrus furcatus; and Saemundssonia (Saemundssonia) gygisa n. sp. from Gygis alba candida."

Light-mantled by Rowan Treblico
A Light-mantled Sooty Albatross guards its chick
Photograph by Rowan Treblico

Reference:

Palma, R.L. 2012.  Three new species of the louse genus Saemundssonia (Insecta: Phthiraptera: Philopteridae).  Zootaxa 3478: 38-48.

John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 26 December 2012

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