Tasidyptes hunteri van Tets & O'Conner, 1983

Hunter Island penguin



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

This species was previously considered possibly invalid (Fordyce & Jones, 1990), and is now evidently invalid (Cole et al., 2017).


Conservation Status

Invalid (synonym)

Last record: c.1250 AD



Hunter Island, Tasmania, Australia


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

van Tets, Gerry F. and O'Conner, S. (1983). The Hunter Island penguin, an extinct new genus and species from a Tasmanian Midden. Records of the Queen Victoria Museum 81: 1-13.


Other references:

Cole, Theresa L., Waters, Jonathan M., Shepherd, Lara D., Rawlence, Nicolas J., Joseph, Leo and Wood, Jamie R. (2017). Ancient DNA reveals that the ‘extinct’ Hunter Island penguin (Tasidyptes hunteri) is not a distinct taxon. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. doi: [Abstract]

Fordyce, R. E. and Jones, C. M. (1990). Penguin history and new fossil material from New Zealand. In Davis, L. S. and J. T. Darby. editors. Penguin biology. 419-446. San Diego, CA Academic Press.

Hume, Julian Pender and Walters, Michael. (2012). Extinct Birds. London: T & AD Poyser. 544 pp.

Ksepka, D. T. and Clarke, J. A. (2010). The basal penguin (Aves: Sphenisciformes) Perudyptes devriesi and a phylogenetic evaluation of the penguin fossil record. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 337: 1-77.

Park, Travis and Fitzgerald, Erich M. G. (2012). A review of Australian fossil penguins (Aves: Sphenisciformes). Memoirs of Museum Victoria 69: 309-325.


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