DIOMEDEA

(Diomedeidae; Ϯ Wandering Albatross D. exulans) Gr. myth. Diomedes, warrior king of Aetolia, abandoned his kingdom because of the sexual excesses of his wife during his absence at the siege of Troy, and founded the city of Argyripa in Italy. At his death, from old age, his companions were so distraught that they were turned into white seabirds; "65. DIOMEDEA.  Rostrum rectum: maxilla superiore apice adunca; inferiore truncata.  Nares ovatæ, patulæ, prominulæ, laterales." (Linnaeus 1758); "Diomedea Linné, Syst. Nat., ed.10, 1, 1758, p. 132. Type, by subsequent designation, Diomedea exulans Linné (Gray, List Gen. Bds., 1840, p. 78.)" (Peters 1931, I, 41). Linnaeus's Diomedea comprised two species (D. exulans, D. demersa). The Wandering Albatross spends most of its long life coursing the southern oceans.
Var. Diomedaea, Diomaedea, Diomedia.
Synon. Albatrossa, Albatrus, Rhothonia.

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Jobling, J. A. (2019). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2019). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from www.hbw.com on 20 January 2019).