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The Franklin's gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan) belongs to the family Laridae under the order Charadriiformes.

Franklin's gull taxonomy

The family Laridae was introduced by Constantine Samuel Rafinesque-Schmaltz (October 22, 1783 – September 18, 1840), a zoologist, botanist, writer and polyglot, in the year 1815.

The order Charadriiformes includes six suborders. The suborder Lari includes the family Laridae. The family Laridae includes around 100 species arranged into 22 genera, including genus Leucophaeus.

The genus Leucophaeus is divided into five extant species, including the species Leucophaeus pipixcan. These five species were earlier placed under the genus Larus. "The genus name Leucophaeus is from Ancient Greek word 'leukos' meaning "white" and the word 'phaios' meaning "dusky".

The species was named after Sir John Franklin KCH FRGS RN (16 April 1786 – 11 June 1847), an English Royal Navy officer and explorer of the Arctic, who led an 1823 expedition in which the first specimen of this gull species was taken.
Taxonomic classification
Binomial name:Leucophaeus pipixcan
Species:L. pipixcan

Leucophaeus pipixcan
1.Franklin's gull - Leucophaeus pipixcan

Leucophaeus pipixcan
2.Franklin's gull - Leucophaeus pipixcan
by Forest & Kim Starr

Leucophaeus pipixcan
3.Franklin's gull - Leucophaeus pipixcan

Leucophaeus pipixcan
4.Franklin's gull - Leucophaeus pipixcan
by Andrew Cannizzaro


Leucophaeus pipixcan
5.Franklin's gull - Leucophaeus pipixcan
Photo by Amy McAndrews

Leucophaeus pipixcan
6.Franklin's gull - Leucophaeus pipixcan
by Tom Benson

Leucophaeus pipixcan
7.Franklin's gull - Leucophaeus pipixcan (foreground)
(Elegant tern with red bill) photo by Dominic Sherony

Leucophaeus pipixcan
8.Leucophaeus pipixcan
Photo by D. Gordon E. Robertson


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1.Franklin's gull photo source: (cropped)
Author: ALAN SCHMIERER | License: Public domain as on 8/10/17
2.Photo source: (cropped)
Author: Forest & Kim Starr | License: CC BY 3.0
3.Photo source: (cropped)
Author: ALAN SCHMIERER | License: Public domain as on 8/10/17
4.Photo source: (cropped)
Author: Andrew Cannizzaro | License: CC BY 2.0 as on 8/10/17
Author: Amy McAndrews | License: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 as on 8/10/17
Author: Tom Benson | License: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 as on 8/10/17
Author: Dominic Sherony | License: CC BY-SA 2.0 as on 8/10/17
8.Source:,_Calgary.jpg (cropped)
Author: D. Gordon E. Robertson | License: CC BY-SA 4.0
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