Fratercula dowi Guthrie, Thomas & Kennedy, 2000

Dow's puffin



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Fratercula sp. Guthrie 1992; Fratercula sp. nov. Guthrie 1993; Fratercula undescribed sp Milberg & Tyrberg, 1993:244; Cerorhinca undesc. sp. Guthrie 1998


Conservation Status


Last record: Late Pleistocene



Channel Islands (San Miguel & San Nicolas Islands), California, USA


Biology & Ecology




Holotype: LACM 127813 (partial skeleton)

Type locality: "Unnamed upper Pleistocene (upper Rancholabrean) eolianite unit exposed near top of bluff overlooking west end of San Nicolas Island, Ventura County, California."






Original scientific description:

Guthrie, David A., Thomas, Howell W. and Kennedy, George L. (2000). An extinct Late Pleistocene Puffin (Aves: Alcidae) from the Southern California Channel Islands, pp. 525-530. in Brown, D.R., K.L. Mitchell and H.W. Chaney (eds.), Proceedings of the Fifth California Islands Symposium. U.S. Dept. of Interior, Minerals Management Service, Pacific OCS Region (published as CD) MMS 99–0038, Camarillo, CA.


Other references:

Guthrie, David A. (1992). Late Pleistocene avifauna from San Miguel Island, California. Pages 319-327 in Campbell, K. E. (ed.), Papers in avian paleontology honoring Pierce Brodkorb. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Science Series 36.

Guthrie, David A. (1993). New information on the prehistoric fauna of San Miguel Island, California. Pages 405-416 in Hochberg, F. G. (ed.), Third California Islands Symposium: Recent advances in research on the California Islands, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara, CA.

Guthrie, David A. (1998). Fossil vertebrates from Pleistocene terrestrial deposits on the northern Channel Islands, southern California, pp. 187-192. In: Contributions to the Geology of the Northern Channel Islands, Southern California. Pacific Section American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

Guthrie, David A. (2005). Distribution and provenance of fossil avifauna on San Miguel Island. In Proceedings of the Sixth California Islands Symposium. National Park Service Technical Publication CHIS-05-01. Institute for Wildlife Studies, Arcata (pp. 35-42).

Milberg, Per and Tyrberg, Tommy. (1993). Naïve birds and noble savages - a review of man-caused prehistoric extinctions of island birds. Ecography 16: 229-250.


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