Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels

The at-sea distributions of albatrosses and petrels in the Southern Ocean get mapped

Yan Ropert-Coudert (Université de Strasbourg, Institut Pluridisciplinaire Hubert Curien, Strasbourg, France) and colleagues have written the chapter on sub-Antarctic and Antarctic birds and mammals in the Biogeographic Atlas of the Southern Ocean, newly published by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR).

The chapter consists of a series of maps and accompanying text describing the at-sea distributions based on sightings made from ships in the Southern Ocean of flying seabirds, penguins, seals and cetaceans.  Of ACAP-listed species eight taxa (some species pairs are lumped) of albatrosses, both giant petrels Macronectes spp. and White-chinned Procellaria aequinoctialis and Grey P. cinerea Petrels are included.


Light-mantled Sooty Albatrosses, photograph by Aleks Terauds

With thanks to Richard Phillips for information.


Ropert-Coudert, Y., Hindell, M.A., Phillips R.[A.], Charassin, J.B., Trudelle, L. & Raymond, B. 2014.  Chapter 8.  Biogeographic patterns of birds and mammals.  In: De Broyer, C., Koubbi, P., Griffiths, H.J., Raymond, B., Udekem d’Acoz, C.d.’, Van de Putte, A.P., Danis, B., David, B., Grant, S., Gutt, J., Held, C., Hosie, G., Huettmann, F., Post, A. & Ropert-Coudert, Y. (Eds.).  Biogeographic Atlas of the Southern Ocean.  Cambridge: Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research.  pp. 364-387.

John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 28 September 2014