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Gallirallus philippensis macquariensis Hutton, 1879:455

Macquarie Island rail

 

 

Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Gallirallus macquariensis Hutton, 1879:455; Rallus macquariensis Hutton, 1879:455

 

Conservation Status

Last record: March 1879 (Day, 1981:89); 1880 (Scott, 1882)

 

Distribution

Macquarie Island, New Zealand (Tasmania, Australia, politically)

 

Biology & Ecology

 

 

Hypodigm

Three preserved museum specimens exist (Vestjens, 1962:249), as well subfossil material collected in the 1950's and 1960's including three subfossil skulls (1 complete, 2 nearly complete) and a single subfossil cranium collected by (Ibid.).

 

[b]Holotype:[/b] [url=https://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/objectdetails.aspx?oid=545566]NMNZ OR.015139[/url]

 

Media

 

 

References

Original scientific description:

Hutton, F. W. (1879). On a new species of rail from Macquarie Island. Ibis 21: 454-456.

 

Other references:

Brothers, N. P. and Skira, I. J. (1983). The Weka on Macquarie Island. Notornis 31: 145-154.

Bryant, Sally L. and Jackson, J. (1999). Tasmania's Threatened Fauna Handbook: What, Where and How to Protect Tasmania's Threatened Animals. Threatened Species Unit, DPIWE, Hobart. [p. 220-223]

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

Garnett, S. T. and Crowley, G. M. (2000). The Action Plan for Australian Birds 2000. Canberra, ACT: Environment Australia & Birds Australia.

Hamilton, A. (1894). Notes on a Visit to Macquarie Island. Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute 27: 559-579. [HTML version]

Holdaway, Richard N., Worthy, Trevor H. and Tennyson, Alan J. D. (2001). A working list of breeding bird species of the New Zealand region at first human contact. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 28: 119-187.

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

Jones, E. (1977). Ecology of the Feral Cat Felis catus (L.), (Carnivora: Felidae) on Macquarie Island. Australian Wildlife Research 4: 249-262.

Marchant, S. and Higgins, P. J. (co-ordinators). (1993). Handbook of Australian, New Zealand & Antarctic birds, vol. 1 - Raptors to Lapwings. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

Oliver, W. R. B. (1955). New Zealand Birds, 2nd edition. Wellington: A. H. & A. W. Reed.

Scott, John H. (1882). Macquarie Island. Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute 15: 484-493. [HTML version]

Tennyson, Alan J. D. and Bartle, J. A. (2008). Catalogue of type specimens of birds in the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Tuhinga 19: 185-207.

Tennyson, Alan J. D. and Scofield, Paul R. (2012). Holocene fossil bird remains from subantarctic Macquarie Island, pp. 26. In: Worthy, Trevor H. and Göhlich, Ursula B. (eds.). 8th International Meeting of the Society of Avian Paleontology and Evolution, Abstracts. 

Tennyson, Alan J. D. and Scofield, Paul R. (2013). Holocene fossil bird remains from subantarctic Macquarie Island, pp. 239-251. In: Göhlich, Ursula B. and Kroh, Andreas (eds.). Paleornithological Research 2013. Proceed. 8th Internat. Meeting Society of Avian Paleontology and Evolution.

Vestjens, W. J. M. (1962). Remains of the Extinct Banded Rail at Macquarie Island. Emu 62: 249-250.

https://www.environment.gov.au/cgi-bin/sprat/public/publicspecies.pl?taxon_id=59314

https://extinctanimals.proboards.com/thread/8624/gallirallus-macquariensis-macquarie-rail

 

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