Fulica prisca Hamilton, 1893:98
New Zealand coot
Taxonomy & Nomenclature
Synonym/s: Fulica chathamensis prisca Hamilton, 1893:98; Palaeolimnas chathamensis Hamilton, 1893:98; Nesophalaris prisca Hamilton, 1893:98
Last record: Holocene
South Island, New Zealand
Biology & Ecology
Lectotype: NMNZ S.990 (right humerus; designated by Olson, 1975)
Paralectotype: NMNZ OR.379 ("many bones")
Original scientific description:
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