Saint Helena shearwater

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Saint Helena shearwater
Temporal range: Holocene
Fossil
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Procellariiformes
Family: Procellariidae
Genus: Puffinus
Species: P. pacificoides
Binomial name
Puffinus pacificoides
Olson, 1975[1]

The Saint Helena shearwater (Puffinus pacificoides) is an extinct species of seabird in the petrel family. It is known only from subfossil remains found on the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean. It probably became extinct at the end of the last glacial period, or the early Holocene, as the climate became warmer.[2]

Etymology[edit]

The specific name of the taxon comes from pacificus plus Greek oides (like or resembling), from its relationship to the living species Puffinus pacificus.[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Olson, pp. 18–19.
  2. ^ Lewis, p. 140.
  3. ^ Olson, p. 19.

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