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Salvins Mollymawk - Thalassarche salvini | by Steve Attwood
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Salvins Mollymawk - Thalassarche salvini

Salvin’s mollymawk was previously considered to be a subspecies of Diomedea cauta (Gould, 1841). However, following the transfer of D. cauta to the genus Thalassarche it was elevated to specific status. Salvin’s mollymawk frequents New Zealand coastal waters, especially south from Cook Strait and is a familiar albatross scavenging around commercial and recreational fishing vessels.

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Taken on October 16, 2016