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Gallinula nesiotis nesiotis Sclater, 1861:261

Tristan (Island) moorhen, Tristan Island gallinule, Tristan coot, Tristan cock, Island hen

 

 

Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Gallinula nesiotis Sclater, 1861:261; Porphyriornis nesiotis Sclater, 1861:261

 

Groenenberg (2008) suggested the demotion of the Gough Island moorhen to subspecies status, and should hence be referred to as G. n. comeri from now on. The Gough Island moorhen has been introduced to Tristan Da Cunha to fill the niche left vacant by the extinction of the Tristan moorhen.

 

Conservation Status

Last record: 25 May 1861 (collected); 1873 (sighting); 1880's?

IUCN RedList status: Extinct

 

Distribution

Tristan da Cunha (=Tristan Island), South Atlantic

 

Biology & Ecology

 

 

Hypodigm

 

 

Media

 

 

References

Original scientific description:

Sclater, P. L. (1861). [no title]. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London [1861]: 209, 260-263.

 

Other references:

Beintema, Albert J. (1972). The history of the Island Hen Gallinula nesiotis, the extinct flightless gallinule of Tristan da Cunha. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club  92: 106-113.

Beintema, Albert J. (1997). Het Waterhoentje van Tristan da Cunha. Atlas, Amsterdam. 496 p, 16 p colour photographs, numerous b/w ill. [third edition, 2005]

BirdLife International. (2014). Gallinula nesiotis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. (https://www.iucnredlist.org). Downloaded on 26 July 2014.

Bond, Alexander L., Carlson, Colin J. and Burgio, Kevin R. (2018). Local extinctions of insular avifauna on the most remote inhabited island in the world. Journal of Ornithology. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10336-018-1590-8

Carmichael, Dugald. (1818). Some account of the island of Tristan da Cunha and of its natural productions. Transactions of the Linnean Society of London 12(2): 483-513, 4 pls.

Day, David. (1981). The Doomsday Book of Animals: A Natural History of Vanished Species. New York, N.Y.: The Viking Press.

Earle, Augustus. (1832). A narrative of a nine month's residence in New Zealand in 1827; together with a journal of a residence in Tristan d'Acunha. London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green and Longman. x + 371 pp.

Eber, G. (1961). Vergleichende Untersuchungen am flugf„higen Teichhun Gallinula chl. chloropus und an der flugunf„higen Inselralle Gallinula nesiotis. Bonn. Zool. Beitr. 12(3/4):247-315.

Groenenberg, D. S. J., Beintema, A. J., Dekker, R. W. R. J. and Gittenberger, E. (2008). Ancient DNA Elucidates the Controversy about the Flightless Island Hens (Gallinula sp.) of Tristan da Cunha. PLoS ONE 3(3): e1835.

Gurney, J. H. (1853). Note on a wingless bird said to inhabit the island of Tristan da Cunha. Zoologist 11: 4017.

Holdgate, Martin W. (1958). Mountains in the Sea: The Story of the Gough Island Expedition, xvi + 222 pages, maps and illustrations. New York: St. Martin's Press.

Hume, Julian Pender and Walters, Michael. (2012). Extinct Birds. London: T & AD Poyser.

Low, Carmichael (1929): , List of the vertebrated animals exhibited in the gardens of the Zoological Society of London, 1828-1927; Volume II. Birds. Printed for the Society; England

Nicoll, M. J. (1906). Mr M J Nicoll on the birds collected and observed during the voyage of the Valhalla, RYS, from November 1905 to May 1906. Ibis: 666-712.

Olson, Storrs L. (1973). Evolution of the rails of the south Atlantic Islands (Aves: Rallidae). Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 152: 1-53.

Pike, Nicolas. (1873). Sub-Tropical Rambles in the Land of the Aphanapteryx. London: Sampson, Low, Marston, Low, & Searle/ New York: Harper and Bros. xviii + 511 pages, appendix, 2 maps, 48 illustrations.

Sclater, Philip Lutley (Hrsg.), London Zoo (1862): List of the vertebrated animals now or lately living in the gardens of the Zoological Society of London, 1st Edition, Printed for the Society; England

Sclater, Philip Lutley (Hrsg.), London Zoo (1865): List of the vertebrated animals now or lately living in the gardens of the Zoological Society of London, , 3rd Edition, Printed for the Society; England

Sclater, Philip Lutley (Hrsg.), London Zoo (1866): List of the vertebrated animals now or lately living in the gardens of the Zoological Society of London, 4th Edition, Printed for the Society; England

Sclater, Philip Lutley (Hrsg.), London Zoo (1872): Revised list of the vertebrated animals now or lately living in the gardens of the Zoological society of London, 5th Edition, Printed for the Society, England

Sclater, P. L. (1881). Reports on the birds collected during the voyage of H.M.S. Challenger in the Years 1873-1876, pp. 110-116. In: The voyage of the H.M.S. Challenger. Zoology. Volume 8. London: Her Majesty's Government.

Sclater, Philip Lutley (Hrsg.), London Zoo (1896): List of the vertebrated animals now or lately living in the gardens of the Zoological Society of London , 9th Edition, Printed for the Society; England

Stoddart, D. R. (1971). White-throated Rail Dryolimnas cuvieri on Astove Atoll. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 91(6): 145-147.

Taylor, B. (1998). Rails: a guide to the rails, crakes, gallinules and coots of the world. Pica Press, Robertsbridge, UK.

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