Genetic evidence for three species of rockhopper penguins, Eudyptes chrysocome

  title={Genetic evidence for three species of rockhopper penguins, Eudyptes chrysocome},
  author={Jonathan Banks and Amy N. Van Buren and Yves Cherel and James B. Whitfield},
  journal={Polar Biology},
The taxonomy of rockhopper penguins, Eudyptes chrysocome (Forster 1781), is contentious. Some authorities recognise three subspecies based on morphological differences and geographical separation of breeding populations while others suggest that morphological differences support classifying rockhopper penguins as two distinct species. The taxonomy of rockhopper penguins is of more than academic interest as breeding colonies worldwide have declined markedly in size since the 1930s and rockhopper… CONTINUE READING
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