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Scientific Name Updates

Many species are periodically renamed with either a new genus or species, below is a list of the most recent changes of which we are aware.

Common Name
Original Name
New Name
Gull-billed Tern
Bridled Tern
Sooty Tern
Least Tern
Caspian Tern
Royal Tern
Sandwich Tern
Little Gull
Franklin's Gull
Laughing Gull
Black-headed Gull
Bonaparte's Gull
Northern Gannet
Sterna nilotica
Sterna anaethetus
Sterna fuscata
Sterna antillarum
Sterna caspia
Sterna maxima
Sterna sandvicensis
Larus minutus
Larus pipixcan
Larus atricilla
Larus ridibundus
Larus philadelphia
Catoptrophorus semipalmatus
Sula bassanus
Gelochelidon nilotica
Onychoprion anaethetus
Onychoprion fuscatus
Sternula antillarum
Hydroprogne caspia
Thalasseus maximus
Thalasseus sandvicensis
Hydrocoloeus minutus
Leucophaeus pipixcan
Leucophaeus atricilla
Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Chroicocephalus philadelphia
Tringa semipalmata
Morus bassanus

Updated: 23 April 2009