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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 73

Majaqueus æquinoctialis, Linn. (The "Stinker" of whalers.)

Majaqueus æquinoctialis, Linn. (The "Stinker" of whalers.)

In a former paper (Trans. N.Z. Inst., vol. xxv., p. 62) T mentioned, on the authority of the carpenter of the "Hinemoa," a new species of Petrel at the Auckland Islands, of which he had obtained two specimens, and which, from his account of it, I referred to Majaqueus æquinoctialis. I have now the pleasure to lay before you two specimens (male and female), lately obtained through Mr. Smyth, the well-known taxidermist at Caversham, so that the claim of this fine species to a place in our list is beyond question. The peculiar odour which is characteristic of all Petrels in life, and never entirely quits the dried skin, is very pronounced in this species, and quite justifies the name by which whalers and sailors distinguish it.