In their account of the history of albatross classification, Sangster et al. (2002) omit to mention why Alexander et al. (1965) wrote on the subject, or the fact that these authors already recognised four main groups. The nomenclature of the tubinares had already been reduced to confusion during the first half of the twentieth century, by George Mathews in particular, who, in the case of the albat

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