Bulletin of The British Ornithologists' Club 2010 130(4):286-301
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A new taxon of Collared Petrel Pterodroma brevipes from the Banks Islands, Vanuatu

Vincent Bretagnolle, Hadoram Shirihai
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APPENDIX
1:
Specimens
examined.
In
both
biometric
and
plumage
analyses
we
used
only
specimens
confirmed
to
be
adults
(or
definitely
full
grown),
with
more
or
less
similar
feather
wear
and
with
also
of
birds
collected
on
or
in
the
vicinity
of
the
breeding
islands.
P.
b.
magnificens
BANKS
ISLANDS,
NORTHERN
VANUATU:
AMNH
215400
(paratype),
216919
(paratype),
216920
(paratype),
216921
(holotype),
216922
(holotype)
and
222193
(paratype).
P.
b.
brevipes
THE
BANKS,
NORTHERN
VANUATU:
AMNH
216923.
P.
b.
brevipes
TANNA
ISLAND,
SOUTHERN
VANUATU:
AMNH
336697-707.
P.
b.
brevipes
ERROMANGO
ISLAND,
SOUTHERN
VANUATU:
AMNH
336476.
P.
b.
brevipes
ANEITYUM
(ANATOM)
ISLAND,
SOUTHERN
VANUATU:
BMNH
88.5.18.126^128.
P.
b.
brevipes
EFATE
ISLAND,
SOUTHERN
VANUATU:
AMNH
211696.
P.
b.
brevipes
VITI
LEVU
ISLAND,
FIJI:
AMNH
528336,
528337;
BMNH
1879.6.2.3.,
1888.5.18.125;
Cambridge
museum
9-pro-l
1-0-1,
9-pro-l
1-0-2,
9-pro-l
1-0-3,
9-pro-l
1-0-4,
9-pro-l
1-0-8.
P.
b.
brevipes
KADAVU
ISLAND,
FIJI:
AMNH
250890,
250892,
250893,
250899.
P.
b.
brevipes
FIJI:
Australian
Museum,
Sydney:
A.2691-2,
0.735.
P.
b.
brevipes
GAU
ISLAND,
FIJI:
Suva
Museum
(SMF)
(specimens
preserved
in
liquid)
F581,
F596,
F59
1
F379.
F582,
F593,
F590,
F564,
F586,
F587.
P.
I.
leucoptera
CABBAGE
TREE
ISLAND,
AUSTRALIA:
AMNH
528259-262,
528264-276,
528278,
528280-285,
528289-291,
528306,
528309-314,
529279;
National
Museum,
Wellington
1265,
11378,
19268;
Melbourne
4817,
4839-50,
4855;
Australian
Museum,
Sydney:
03.02.41,
0.65628,
0.35175-6,
O.16503-5,
O.16507,
0.16275,
O.30238-40,
0.63491,
0.67676,
0.5419,
O.30237,
0.16762,
0.16991
/'.
/.
caledoniaa
NEW
CALEDONIA:
AMNH
824271;
MNHN
1977.71,
1978.1019,
1978.1021-1978.1028,
1999.3100-1999.3102;
National
Museum,
Wellington
2309.
APPENDIX
2:
Pelagic
survey
in
the
Banks
Islands,
December
2009
We
visited
the
Banks
Islands.
Torba
province,
on
13-28
December
2009.
These
observations
represent
the
first
dedicated
pelagic
seabird
sun
ey
since
the
Whitney
South
Sea
Expedition
in
January
1927.
The
expedition
covered
the
islands
described
below,
and
in
the
ocean
around
them
we
studied
P.
b.
magnificens
(see
also
map
1):
Santa
Maria
(14°16'S,
167°29'E)
is
the
largest
of
the
Banks
Islands
(342
km'),
with
very
rugged
terrain
reaching
to
Mt.
Carat
(797
m),
the
peak
of
the
active
composite
volcano
in
the
centre
of
the
island.
The
volcano
has
a
54
km
2
caldera,
within
which
is
the
crater
lake,
Lake
Letas,
the
largest
lake
in
Vanuatu.
The
most
recent
eruption
was
in
2010,
but
much
of
the
caldera
rim
is
still
cool
and
forested.
There
are
few
beaches
on
the
island,
but
many
extensive
reefs
with
sheltered
waters
inside.
The
island
has
a
rather
small
human
population,
whose
location
changes
based
on
volcanic
activity.
We
checked
the
ocean
south
and
north-
west
of
the
island
on
18-19
December.
On
18
December
we
operated
a
transect
between
the
island
of
Santo
(15°32'S,
L67°14'E)
and
Santa
Mana.
All
/'.
brevipes-type
petrels
observed,
41
in
total,
were
P.
b.
magnificens'.