PORT PHILLIP BAY


Cape Gannet 

Morus capensis

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Aves
Order:
Pelecaniformes
Family:
Sulidae
Genus:
Morus
Species:
capensis

General Description

Body white with head yellow-brown (buff). Wings white with tips and trailing edge brown-black. Long, narrow black stripe along throat. Young birds have upperparts mottled dark-brown with many white spots, and underparts white. Body up to 90 cm long.

Biology

These gannets are occasional visitors to Port Phillip in breeding seasons. They dive underwater to catch fish by rapidly plunging down from several metres above the surface.

Habitat

Coastline and large coastal bays.

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

Southern Pacific Ocean, Antarctica and Australia.

Species Group

Birds Gannets

Max Size

90 cm

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

Yes

Global Dispersal

Recorded in Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Vulnerable

Author

article author Longmore, N. W.

Wayne Longmore is a Senior Collection manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author O'Brien, R.

Rory O'Brien is a Collection Manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Longmore, N. W. & O'Brien, R., 2011, Cape Gannet, Morus capensis, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 23 Nov 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/10191

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