Grey-backed storm petrel

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Grey-backed storm petrel
Garrodia nereis 1 - SE Tasmania.jpg
Garrodia nereis 2 - SE Tasmania.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Procellariiformes
Family: Oceanitidae
Genus: Garrodia
Forbes, 1881
G. nereis
Binomial name
Garrodia nereis
(Gould, 1841)
  • Oceanites nereis

The grey-backed storm petrel (Garrodia nereis) is a species of seabird in the austral storm petrel family Oceanitidae. It is monotypic within the genus Garrodia.[2] It is found in Antarctica, Argentina, Australia, Chile, Falkland Islands, French Southern Territories, New Zealand, Saint Helena, South Africa, and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. Its natural habitat is open seas.[1]

The genus Garrodia was created by William Alexander Forbes in 1881[2] and named after English zoologist Alfred Henry Garrod,[3] while the specific descriptor is an allusion to the Nereids, the sea nymphs of Greek mythology.[4]


  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2012). "Garrodia nereis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b "ITIS Report: Garrodia". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 28 August 2014.
  3. ^ Jobling (2010), p. 171.
  4. ^ Jobling (2010), p. 268.

Cited texts

  • Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Names. London, UK: Christopher Helm. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.

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