Sula dactylatra tasmani van Tets, Meredith, Fullagar & Davidson, 1988

Tasman booby



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Sula dactylatra fullagari O'Brien & Davies, 1990:2


Conservation Status

Last record: Subfossil

Rediscovered in 2005?



Lord Howe Island & Norfolk Island, Tasman Sea, Australia


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

van Tets, G. F., Meredith, C. W., Fullagar, P. J. and Davidson, P. M. (1988). Osteological differences between Sula and Morus, and a description of an extinct new species of Sula from Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands, Tasman Sea. Notornis 35(1): 35-57.


Other references:

Fullagar, P. J., McKean, J. L. and van Tets, G. F. (1974). Appendix F. Report on the birds, pp. 55-72. In: Recher, H. F. (ed.). Environmental Swvey of Lord Howe Island: A Report to the Lord Howe Island Board, Australian Museum, Sydney.

Holdaway, Richard N. and Anderson, Atholl. (2001). Avifauna from the Emily Bay settlement site, Norfolk Island: A preliminary account, pp. 85-100. In: Anderson, Atholl and White, Peter (eds.). Records of the Australian Museum, Supplement 27. Sydney: Australian Museum.

Holdaway, Richard N., Worthy, Trevor H. and Tennyson, Alan J. D. (2001). A working list of breeding bird species of the New Zealand region at first human contact. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 28: 119-187.

Hutton, Ian. (1991). Birds of Lord Howe Island: Past and Present. Coffs Harbour Plaza, N.S.W.: Self Published. 154 pp.

McAllan, Ian A. W., Curtis, Brian R., Hutton, Ian and Cooper, Richard M. (2004). The Birds of Lord Howe Island Group: A Review of Records. Australian Field Ornithology 21(Supplement): 1-82.

McKean, J. L. and Hindwood, Keith A. (1965). Additional notes on the birds of Lord Howe Island. Emu 64: 79-97.

O'Brien, R. M. and Davies, J. (1990). A new subspecies of Masked booby Sula dactylatra from Lord Howe, Norfolk and Kermadec Islands. Marine Ornithology 18(1): 1-7.

Priddel, David, Hutton, Ian, Olson, Samantha and Wheeler, Robert. (2005). Breeding biology of Masked Boobies (Sula dactylatra tasmani) on Lord Howe Island, Australia. Emu 105(2): 105-113.

Steeves, Tammy E. et al. (2009). Merging ancient and modern DNA: extinct seabird taxon rediscovered in the North Tasman Sea. Biol. Lett. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2009.0478


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