Temporal range: Early Miocene–Recent
The suborder Lari is the part of the order Charadriiformes which includes the gulls, terns, skuas and skimmers, with the waders and snipes making up the rest of the order. Following recent research, the auks are now placed into the Lari too. Sometimes, the buttonquails are also placed here, but the molecular data and fossil record rather suggests them be a quite basal offshoot along with the snipe-like and aberrant waders.
The larids are generally larger species which take fish from the sea. Several gulls and skuas will also take food items from beaches, or rob smaller species, and some have become adapted to inland environments.
It contains the following families:
- Crab Plover: Dromadidae
- Pratincoles and Coursers: Glareolidae
- Skuas: Stercorariidae
- Auks: Alcidae
- Gulls, Terns and Skimmers: Laridae
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- ^ John H. Boyd III (November 10, 2011). "CHARADRIIFORMES". TiF Checklist. Retrieved 9-04-2020. Check date values in:
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