Is the Moseley Penguin real?


By Scott A. Rowan

Is the Moseley Penguin real?

Yes, the Moseley Penguin is either a subspecies of Rockhopper or it’s own species, also called a Northern Rockhopper, depending on what side of the “Great Rockhopper Debate” you take.

The Rockhopper Penguin (Eudyptes chrysocome) has been considered one of the 17 species of penguins for generations. But by 1982, researchers revealed what some considered enough evidence to divide the Rockhopper into two categories: the Northern Rockhopper and the Southern Rockhopper (Eudyptes chrysocome chrysocome) and the Northern Rockhopper (Eudyptes chrysocome moseleyi), which is also called the Moseley Penguin.

To further complicate the issue, researchers revealed a third subspecies of Rockhopper by the year 2006: the Eastern Rockhopper (Eudyptes chrysocome filholi).

The penguin was named for the famous naturalist, biologist and ornithologist Henri Nottidge Moseley (1844-1891) who was on board the famous H.M.S. Challenger voyage and wrote Notes by a Naturalist on HMS Challenger (1879).


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