Southern Giant-Petrel / Macronectes giganteus

Southern Giant-Petrel / Macronectes giganteus

Southern Giant-Petrel

SCI Name:  Macronectes giganteus
Protonym:  Procellaria gigantea Syst.Nat. 1 pt2 p.563
Taxonomy:  Procellariiformes / Procellariidae /
Taxonomy Code:  angpet1
Type Locality:  Type locality restricted to Staten Island, Mathews, infra, p. 186.
Publish Year:  1789
IUCN Status:  


(Procellariidae; Ϯ Southern Giant Petrel M. giganteus) Gr. μακρος makros  great; νηκτης nēktēs  swimmer  < νηχω nēkhō  to swim; "The generic name Ossifraga, given by Hombron and Jacquinot (Comptes Rendus, XVIII, 1844, p. 356) to Procellaria gigantea Gmelin, is antedated by Ossifraga N. Wood (Analyst, II, 1835, p. 305; VI, 1837, p. 244), applied to a very different group of birds. As the Giant Fulmar is thus bereft of its generic name, that of Macronectes may be suggested as an equivalent." (Richmond 1905).
Synon. Ossifraga.

gigantea / giganteus
L. giganteus  gigantic, of the giants  < gigas, gigantis  giant  < Gr. γιγας gigas, γιγαντος gigantos  giant.
● ex “Coucal Géant” of Levaillant 1807, pl. 223 (syn. Centropus phasianinus).
● ex “Touraco Géant” of Levaillant 1806 (syn. Corythaeola cristata).
● ex Grus leucogeranus Pallas, 1773, and “Sibirian Crane” of Pennant 1785, and Latham 1785 (syn. Grus leucogeranus).
● ex “Gigantic Crane” of Latham 1785 (syn. Leptoptilos dubius).
● ex “Ossifraga” of de Ulloa 1748, “Quebrantahuessos Mouton” of Pernety 1769, “Quebrantahuessos” of de Buffon 1770-1783, de Bougainville 1771, Cook 1777, and Forster 1777, “Osprey Petrel” of Forster 1778, and “Giant Petrel” of Latham 1785 (Macronectes).