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

Tasman booby



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

A complete synonymy taken from (Checklist Committee (OSNZ), 2010:141-142):

Sula piscator; G.R. Gray 1862, Ibis 4: 250. Not Pelecanus piscator Linnaeus, 1758 = nomen dubium.; Sula cyanops; Cheeseman 1889, Trans. Proc. N.Z. Inst. 21: 121. Not Dysporus cyanops Sundevall, 1837.; Parasula dactylatra personata; Mathews 1913, List Birds Australia: 99. Not Sula personata Gould, 1846.; Sula dactylatra; Oliver 1930, New Zealand Birds, 1st edition: 203. Not Sula dactylatra Lesson, 1831.; Sula dactylatra personata; Checklist Committee 1953, Checklist N.Z. Birds: 28. Not Sula personata Gould, 1846.; Sula tasmani van Tets, Meredith, Fullagar & Davidson, 1988: Notornis 35: 45 – Norfolk Island.; Sula dactylatra fullagari O’Brien & Davies, 1990: Marine Ornithology 18: 2 – Lord Howe Island.; Sula dactylatra tasmani van Tets, Meredith, Fullagar & Davidson; McAllan, Curtis, Hutton & Cooper 2004, Australian Field Ornithology 21(Suppl.): 6.


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:

Anonymous. (2004). Recovery round-up. Corella 28: 31-32.

Anonymous. (2006). Recovery round-up. Corella 29: 99-100.

Checklist Committee (OSNZ). (2010). Checklist of the Birds of New Zealand, Norfolk and Macquarie Islands, and the Ross Dependency, Antarctica (4th ed.). Ornithological Society of New Zealand & Te Papa Press, Wellington. [p. 141-142]

Dulvy, Nicholas K., Pinnegar, John K. and Reynolds, John D. (2009). Holocene extinctions in the sea, pp. 129-150. In: Turvey, Samuel T. (ed.). Holocene Extinctions. Oxford, UK & New York, USA: Oxford University Press. xii + 352 pp.

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.

Marchant, S. & Higgins, P.J. (Co-ords). 1990. Handbook of Australian, New Zealand & Antarctic birds. Ratites to ducks. Volume 1 (A and B). Melbourne: Oxford University Press. 1400 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.

Moore, J.L. 1999. Norfolk Island bird notes, 1977 to 1997. Notornis 46: 354–364.

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

Worthy, Trevor H. and Holdaway, Richard N. (2002). The Lost World of the Moa: Prehistoric Life of New Zealand. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press. xxxiii + 718 pp.


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