Pezophaps solitaria Gmelin, 1789:728

Rodrigues solitaire, Rodrigues solitary



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Pezophaps solitarius Gmelin, 1789:728; Didus solitarius Gmelin, 1789:728; Didus nazarenus Bartlett, 1851:284?; Pezophaps minor Strickland, 1852 (1853?)


Conservation Status


Last record: before 1761

IUCN RedList status: Extinct



Rodrigues (=Rodriguez), Mascarene Islands


Biology & Ecology




Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa:




Above: Skeleton of Pezophaps solitaria, circa 1870, United Kingdom, maker unknown. Te Papa (O.031153)


Above: the solitaire mistakenly treated as a white dodo. plate 25 from Rothschild (1907). Source: Wikimedia Commons.



Original scientific description:

Gmelin, J. F. (1789). Caroli a Linné, Systema Naturae. Lipsiae: Georg Emanuel Beer.


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