Subfamily Sterninae Bonaparte 1838 (tern)

Aves - Charadriiformes - Laridae

Alternative spelling: Sternidae

Parent taxon: Laridae according to B. C. Livezey and R. L. Zusi 2007

See also Chandler 1990, De Pietri et al. 2011 and Smith 2011

Sister taxa: Anous, Chlidonias, Chroicocephalus, Creagrus, Gaviota, Gelochelidon, Gygis, Halcyornis, Hydrocoloeus, Hydroprogne, Larinae, Larosterna, Larus, Leucophaeus, Limicolavis, Limosavis, Onychoprion, Pagophila, Pseudosterna, Rhodostethia, Rissa, Sterna, Sternula, Thalasseus, Xema

Subtaxa: Phaetusa

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Ecology: ground dwelling carnivore

Distribution:

• Quaternary of American Samoa (1 collection), French Polynesia (1), Italy (1), the Marshall Islands (2), Micronesia (2)

Total: 7 collections each including a single occurrence

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