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Scientific name: Spheniscus dermersus
Common name: Jackass penguin
Taxonomy
Phyulm Sub Phylum Class Sub Class Order Sub Order Family Sub Family Genus Species
Chordata Vertebrata Aves Neornithes Ciconiiformes Ciconii Spheniscidae Not Defined Spheniscus Spheniscus dermersus

       

Short Description:

They have a black stripe and black spots on the chest, the pattern of spots being unique for every penguin, like human fingerprints. They have pink glands above their eyes. The hotter the penguin gets, the more blood is sent to these glands so it may be cooled by the surrounding air, thus making the glands more pink. The males are larger than the females and have larger beaks, but their beaks are more pointed than those of the Humboldt. Their distinctive black and white colouring is a vital form of camouflage–white for underwater predators looking upwards and black for predators looking down onto the dark water 

Identification
features:
 
Size: Grow to 68–70 cm tall and weigh between 2 and 5 kg  
Behaviour: Nesting in burrows in guano
Diet: Feeds largely on fish
Distribution: Found on the south-western coast of Africa, living in colonies on 24 islands between Namibia and Algoa Bay, near Port Elizabeth, South Africa, with the largest colony on Dyer Island, near Kleinbaai.  
Depth: Diving to depth 30m
Habitat: Colonising offshore island
Reference:
  • Two Oceans
    (A guide to the marine life of Southern Africa)
    GM Branch;CL Griffiths;ML Branch;LE Beckley
  • Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    www.wikipedia.org/ 
Similar Species:
  • None on database

Database Statistics
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Photographer Date City Area Dive site Temp Size Depth Camera Photo Video
Glenn Jacoby-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-03-28 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (EC)-Eastern Cape General Coastline 0 500mm 0m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
Johan Swanepoel-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-03-28 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (EC)-Eastern Cape General Coastline 0 500mm 0m Canon Powershot G10 photo
Johan Swanepoel-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-03-28 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (EC)-Eastern Cape General Coastline 0 500mm 0m Canon Powershot G10 photo
Johan Swanepoel-(Port Elizabeth) 2011-01-15 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Riy Banks 12 350mm 1m Olympus SP560UZ photo
Lloyd Edwards-(Port Elizabeth) 2009-12-19 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Bird Island 15 680mm 0m Nikon D200 photo
 
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