Gannets and BoobiesJoseph W. Brown
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Friesen, V. L., D. J. Anderson, T. E. Steeves, H. Jones, and E. A. Schreiber. 2002. Molecular support for the species status of the Nazca Booby (Sula granti). Auk 119: 820-826.
Nelson, J. B. 1978. The Sulidae: Gannets and Boobies. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Pitman, R. L., and J. R. Jehl. 1998. Geographic variation and reassessment of species limits in the "Masked" Boobies of the eastern Pacific Ocean. Wilson Society Bulletin 110: 155-170.
Steeves, T. E., D. J. Anderson, and V. L. Friesen. 2005a. A role for nonphysical barriers to gene flow in the diversification of a highly vagile seabird, the masked booby (Sula dactylatra). Molecular Ecology 14: 3877-3887.
Steeves, T. E., D. J. Anderson, and V. L. Friesen. 2005b. The Isthmus of Panama: a major physical barrier to gene flow in a highly mobile pantropical seabird. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 18: 1000-1008.
Steeves, T. E., D. J. Anderson, H. McNally, M. H. Kim, and V. L. Friesen. 2003. Phylogeography of Sula: the role of physical barriers to gene flow in the diversification of tropical seabirds. Journal of Avian Biology 34: 217-223.
van Tets, G. F., Meredith, C. W., Fullager, P. J. and Davidson, P. M. 1988. Osteological differences between Sula and Morus, and a description of an extinct new species of Sula from Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands, Tasman Sea. Notornis 35:35-37.
- Travelling birds = Northen Gannets. Video on YouTube.
Joseph W. Brown
University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
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- First online 20 December 2005
- Content changed 27 June 2008
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