Subantarctic Fur Seals are widely-distributed in the southern Hemisphere. They breed on sub-Antarctic islands north of the Antarctic Polar Front, including Amsterdam (Guinet et al. 1994), the Crozets (Guinet et al. 1994), Gough (Bester et al. 2006), Macquarie (Shaughnessy 1993), the Prince Edward Islands (Bester et al. 2003, Hofmeyr et al. 2006a), Saint Paul (Guinet et al. 1994) and Tristan da Cunha (C. Glass pers. comm. in SCAR EGS 2004). They have also been recorded breeding on Heard Island (Goldsworthy and Shaughnessy 1989). Vagrants have been recorded on the coasts of Antarctica (Shaughnessy and Burton 1986), southern South America (Aguiar-dos Santos and Haimovici 2001, Bastida et al. 1999), southern Africa (Bester 1989, Shaughnessy and Ross 1980), Madagascar (Garrigue and Ross 1996), Australia (Gales et al. 1992), and New Zealand (Taylor 1990), and on Bouvetøya (Hofmeyr et al. 2006b), the Comores (David et al. 1993), the Juan Fernandez Islands (Torres and Aguayo 1984), Îles Kerguelen (Wynen et al. 2000), Mauritius (David and Salmon 2003) and South Georgia (Payne 1979).
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