Hydrobatinae

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Hydrobatinae
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Markham's storm petrel
Oceanodroma markhami
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Procellariiformes
Family: Hydrobatidae
Subfamily: Hydrobatinae
Genera

Hydrobatinae is one of two subfamilies of storm petrels. The distribution of the subfamily is predominantly in the northern hemisphere. The subfamily contains two (sometimes three) genera in which there are 14 species. They were the first group of storm petrels to break off from the ancestral petrel stock, and for this reason some authors have suggested that they should constitute a separate family from the Oceanitinae storm petrels.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nunn, G & Stanley, S. (1998) "Body Size Effects and Rates of Cytochrome b Evolution in Tube-Nosed Seabirds" Molecular Biology and Evolution 15(10): 1360-1371 [1] Corrigendum