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Papasula abbotti (Abbott's Booby)

Synonyms: Sula abbotti

Wikipedia Abstract

Abbott's booby (Papasula abbotti) is an endangered seabird of the sulid family, which includes gannets and boobies. It is a large booby, smaller than gannets, and is placed within its own monotypic genus. It was first identified from a specimen collected by William Louis Abbott, who discovered it on Assumption Island in 1892.Abbott's booby breeds only in a few spots on the Australian territory of Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean, although it formerly had a much wider range.
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Endangered Species

Status: Endangered
View IUCN Record: Papasula abbotti

EDGE Analysis

The Abbott’s Booby has a unique breeding biology, behaviour and bone structure that sets it apart from the six other booby species. Once widespread throughout the Indian and Pacific Oceans, this endangered species is now restricted to a breeding colony on Christmas Island, an Australian territory located in the eastern Indian Ocean. Unfortunately, this unique booby is threatened by a large number of factors, not least of which is the yellow crazy ant. This invasive ant species causes havoc with the island’s ecology, killing red crabs that play a key role in soil fertilization and turnover. Much of the booby’s forest habitat has been cleared for the mining of phosphate. The species is also threatened by wind turbulence, marine pollution, overfishing, harvesting and invasive exotic plants.
Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 18.6815
EDGE Score: 5.05912
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Adult Weight [1]  3.27 lbs (1.48 kg)
Birth Weight [1]  112.2 grams
Clutch Size [2]  1


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Christmas and Cocos Islands tropical forests Australia Indo-Malayan Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests    

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Christmas Island National Park II 21698 Christmas Island, Australia

Important Bird Areas

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Name Location  IBA Criteria   Website   Climate   Land Use 
Christmas Island Christmas Island (to Australia) A1, A4ii, A4iii  

Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) Sites

Name  Location   Map   Climate   Land Use 
Christmas Island National Park Australia  

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Sundaland Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand Yes




Attributes / relations provided by 1Terje Lislevand, Jordi Figuerola, and Tamás Székely. 2007. Avian body sizes in relation to fecundity, mating system, display behavior, and resource sharing. Ecology 88:1605 2Species Profile and Threats Database, Australian Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
AZE sites provided by Alliance for Zero Extinction (2010). 2010 AZE Update.
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