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The mew gull (Larus canus) belongs to the family Laridae under the order Charadriiformes.

Mew gull taxonomy

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

After a molecular phylogenetic study by Baker and colleagues, Laridae was expanded to include the genera that had previously been in Sternidae and Rynchopidae. The family Laridae now includes around 100 species arranged into 22 genera.

The genus Larus had several species classified under it and in 2007, the genera Ichthyaetus, Chroicocephalus, Leucophaeus, and Hydrocoloeus were resurrected. Presently the genus Larus has about 23 extant species classified under it.

The species Larus canus is polytypic and is divided into four subspecies, viz., Larus canus canus, Larus canus heinei, Larus canus camtschatchensis and Larus canus brachyrhynchus.

Taxonomic classification
Binomial name:Larus canus
Species:L. canus

Mew gull - Larus canus
1.Mew gull - Larus canus
Photo by Arnstein Rønning

Larus canus
2.Mew gull - Larus canus
Photo by Estormiz

Larus canus
3.Mew gull - Larus canus
Photo by 4028mdk09

Larus canus
4.Mew gull - Larus canus
Photo by Bengt Nyman


Larus canus
5.Mew gull - Larus canus
Photo by 4028mdk09

Larus canus in flight
6.Mew gull - Larus canus in flight
Photo by Bengt Nyman

Larus canus eggs
7.Mew gull - Larus canus eggs
Photo by Lämpel

Larus canus hatchling
8.Mew gull - Larus canus hatchling
by Ecomare/Sytske Dijksen

Larus canus juvenile
9.Mew gull - Larus canus juvenile
by Ralf Roletschek /


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1.Photo source: (cropped)
Author: Arnstein Rønning | License: CC BY 3.0
2.Photo source: (cropped)
Author: Estormiz | License: Public domain
3.Photo source: (cropped)
Author: 4028mdk09 | License: CC BY-SA 3.0
4.Photo source: (cropped)
Author: Bengt Nyman | License: CC BY-SA 4.0
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Author: 4028mdk09 | License: CC BY-SA 3.0
6.Photo source:,_Vaxholm_Sweden_1.jpg (cropped)
Author: Bengt Nyman | License: CC BY 2.0 as on 9/6/17
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Author: Lämpel | License: CC BY-SA 3.0
8.Photo source: (cropped)
Author: Ecomare/Sytske Dijksen | License: CC BY-SA 4.0
9.Photo source: (cropped)
Author: Ralf Roletschek /
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