When king penguins were first discovered by European explorers in the early 18th century they were thought to be the largest penguin species alive. It was only in 1844 that George Robert Gray from the British Museum separated them from the even larger emperor penguin that had been seen for the first time during Captain Cook’s second voyage. Close relatives, kings and emperors belong to the genus Aptenodytes derived from the Greek meaning ‘featherless diver’.
January 20th, 2018
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