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Longevity records for the brown booby Sula leucogaster and flesh-footed shearwater Ardenna carneipes


Yap, VHS and Stewart, LG and Stuckenbrock, S and Fidler, AL and Lavers, JL, Longevity records for the brown booby Sula leucogaster and flesh-footed shearwater Ardenna carneipes, Marine Ornithology, 49, (1) pp. 167-170. ISSN 1018-3337 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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Longevity records for seabirds are vital to understanding population demography but are often limited due to the relatively short duration of many monitoring programs. Here, we present new longevity records for two seabird species: 32.2 years (Queensland, Australia) for the Brown Booby Sula leucogaster and 33.9 years (New Zealand) for the Flesh-footed Shearwater Ardenna carneipes, alongside existing longevity data. While these new records represent the oldest known birds to date, we suggest that they reflect typical adult lifespans of these species, i.e., 25-30 years, and reinforce the need for ongoing monitoring efforts.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:seabird demography, longevity, lifespan, Australia, New Zealand
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Marine biodiversity
UTAS Author:Yap, VHS (Mr Vincent Yap)
UTAS Author:Stewart, LG (Miss Lillian Stewart)
UTAS Author:Lavers, JL (Dr Jennifer Lavers)
ID Code:144076
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2021-04-20
Last Modified:2021-10-13
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