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The nature of our seas.

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Category: Issue 2

Author(s): Hamon

The ocean areas around Australia show many parallels with the better-studied oceans of the Northern Hemisphere. In particular, the mechanisms that lead to high biological productivity in high latitudes are the same. But the details of current systems are often very different. Our south-flowing Leeuwin Current is unique, and the East Australian Current is a […]


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Diet of the Macquarie Island Cormorant Phalacrocorax atriceps purpurascens.

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Category: Issue 2

Author(s): Green, Williams and Slip

The diet of the Macquarie Island Cormorant Phalacrocorax atriceps purpurascens was investigated through examination of regurgitated casts. Fish remains occurred in all of 64 casts with the next major food items (either primarily ingested by the cormorants or their fish prey) being crustaceans (17.2%), gastropods (7.8%) and polychaetes (4.7%). Plant material, mainly algae, occurred in […]


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Egg-size and clutch-size of the Brown Booby Sula leucogaster, at Swains Reef, Great Barrier Reef.

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Category: Issue 2

Author(s): Harold Heatwole, Petah Abbott and Menna Jones


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Albatross studies – Kangaroo Island, South Australia: a complete summary 1971-1988.

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Category: Issue 2

Author(s): Lashmar

In a previous summary, results from banding and retrap data over the years 1971-1983 for three species of albatross Diomedea spp, and two species of Giant Petrels Macronectes spp. in Kangaroo Island waters were presented, and methods of capture discussed (Lashmar 1984). The additional birds handled since then, most of which were captured in Eastern […]


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Seasonal abundance and marine habitat of Storm-Petrels (Oceanitidae) off central New South Wales.

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Category: Issue 2

Author(s): Wood

During monthly oceanic cruses off central New South Wales between April 1985 and March 1987, a total of 153 storm-petrels was observed. Wilson’s Storm-Petrel Oceanites oceanicus and White-faced Storm-Petrels Pelagodromamarina comprised 70 and 25 per cent of the Oceanitidae population respectively. Only two Grey-backed Storm-Petrels Oceanitesnereis and six White-bellied Fregettagrallaria and/or Black-bellied Fregetta tropica Storm-Petrels […]


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