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Maximum observed ages of Galápagos Penguins


1Charles Darwin Research Station, Charles Darwin Foundation, Puerto Ayora, Galápagos, Ecuador *(
2The Peregrine Fund, 5668 West Flying Hawk Lane, Boise, ID 83709, USA


JIMÉNEZ-UZCÁTEGUI, G. & VARGAS, F.H. 2019. Maximum observed ages of Galápagos Penguins. Marine Ornithology 47: 243 - 246

Received 15 January 2019, accepted 10 June 2019

Date Published: 2019/10/15
Date Online: 2019/09/19
Key words: longevity, Galápagos Islands, penguins


A maximum age of at least 17.7 years was recorded for a Galápagos Penguin Spheniscus mendiculus on Isabela Island during studies in 2018. This individual was first captured as an adult of at least two years of age, as indicated by its plumage. In addition, we present records of other penguins, not quite as old, that were first captured as chicks. Longevity is affected by many different factors, making it useful in the design of conservation strategies.


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