PORT PHILLIP BAY


Australasian Gannet 

Morus serrator

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:
serrator

General Description

Body white with head yellow-brown (buff). Wings white with tips and trailing edge brown-black. Short, 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 breed in Port Phillip between July and February. 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

New Zealand and southern Australia.

Species Group

Birds Gannets

Depth

Shore (0-1 m)

Water Column

Above surface

Max Size

90 cm

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Recorded in Australia

Conservation Status

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

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, Australasian Gannet, Morus serrator, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 30 May 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7949

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