Wedge-tailed Shearwater / Ardenna pacifica

Wedge-tailed Shearwater / Ardenna pacifica

Wedge-tailed Shearwater

SCI Name:  Ardenna pacifica
Protonym:  Procellaria pacifica Syst.Nat. 1 pt2 p.560
Taxonomy:  Procellariiformes / Procellariidae /
Taxonomy Code:  wetshe
Type Locality:  Pacific Ocean. Type locality restricted to Kermadec Islands. Mathews, Bds. Austr., 2, 1912, p. 80.
Publish Year:  1789
IUCN Status:  


(Procellariidae; Great Shearwater A. gravis) Late Med. L. Ardenna  name given to the Diomedean birds (Aldrovandus 1603) (Ray 1678, has "Artenna"). According to Capponi 1979, Ardènna and Artènna are Italian dialect names (based on ardea) for a shearwater; "Genera et Species typicae.  ...  c. *Ardenna Aldrov.  maior (Puff. — Faber) Rchb.  Ic. Av. t. 14. ic. 770 et 768—69." (Reichenbach 1853); "Ardenna Reichenbach, Av. Syst. Nat., 1852 (1853), p. iv. Type, by original designation, Puffinus maior Faber = Puffinus gravis O'Reilly." (Peters, 1931, I, 53); "Ardenna Reichenbach, Av. Syst. Nat., p. iv, 1852 (1853)—type, by orig. desig., Puffinus major Reichenbach (not of Faber [= Puffinus puffinus]) = Procellaria gravis O'Reilly." (Hellmayr and Conover, 1948, Cat. Birds Americas, Pt. I (2), p. 63).
Synon. Hemipuffinus, Neonectris, Paranectris, Thyellodroma, Thyellus.

L. pacificus  peaceful  < pax, pacis  peace; facere  to make. The Pacific Ocean was so-named by the Portuguese explorer Fernão de Magalhães or Magellan in 1520, contrasting its calm waters with the stormy seas of Cape Horn  The toponym refers to islands in the Pacific Ocean as well as localities on Pacific Ocean coasts.
● New Caledonia; ex “Pacific Shrike” of Latham 1781 (syn. Aplonis striata).
New South Wales, Australia; ex “Pacific Heron” of Latham 1785 (Ardea).
● Pacific Ocean; ex “Pacific Petrel” of Latham 1785; "Inhabits Euopoa, and other islands of the Pacific Ocean." (Ardenna).
● Erroneous TL. Friendly Is. (= Hawaii); ex “Great Hook-billed Creeper” of Latham 1782 (‡Drepanis).
● Tonga Is.; ex “Ferruginous-vented Pigeon” of Latham 1783 (Ducula).
● Erroneous TL. Friendly Isles, Pacific Ocean (= Jamaica) (syn. Geotrygon versicolor).
● Botany Bay, New Holland; ex “Pacific Paroquet (var.)” of Phillip 1789 (syn. Glossopsitta concinna).
● Tahiti; ex “Pacific Rail” of Latham 1785 (Hypotaenidia).
● Pacific Islands; ex “Pacific Thrush” of Latham 1783 (syn. Lalage maculosa).