The Recently Extinct Plants and Animals Database

Porphyrio kukwiedei Balouet & Olson, 1989:23

New Caledonian swamphen, N'dino? (see Hume & Walters, 2012:116)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Porphyrio kukuwiedei Balouet & Olson, 1989 [orth. error]


Conservation Status

Last record: 2800–2500 calBP (Anderson et. al. 2010)


Additional material was reported from the Pindai Caves, New Caledonia, by (Anderson et. al. 2010). It was dated to 2800–2500 radio carbon years calibrated, or 850-550 BCE.



New Caledonia


Biology & Ecology




Holotype:[/b] NCP 410


Type locality: "Pindai Cave, Nepoui Peninsula, west coast of New Caledonia;

21°20'S, 164°57'E."


Paratypes (Pindai Cave):

NCP 01 (401?)

NCP 400

NCP 402

NCP 403

NCP 404

NCP 405

NCP 407

NCP 409

NCP 421

NCP 422

NCP 423

NCP 424

NCP 425


Paratypes (Gilles cave):

NCG 01


Paratypes (Kanumera):

NCK 02

NCK 03

NCK 104

NCK 400

NCK 401

NCK 402

NCK 403

NCK 405

NCK 406

NCK 407

NCK 420






Original scientific description:

Balouet, Jean Christophe and Olson, Storrs L. (1989). Fossil Birds from Late Quaternary Deposits in New Caledonia. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 469: 1-38, 16 figures, 13 tables.


Other references:

Anderson, Atholl, Sand, Christophe, Petchey, Fiona and Worthy, Trevor H. (2010). Faunal Extinction and Human Habitation in New Caledonia: Initial Results and Implications of New Research at the Pindai Caves. Journal of Pacific Archaeology 1(1): 89-109.

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

Livezey, Bradley C. (1998). A phylogenetic analysis of the Gruiformes (Aves) based on morphological characters, with an emphasis on the rails (Rallidae). Phil.Trans. R. Soc. Lond. B 353: 2077-2151.

Verreaux, J. and Des Murs, O. (1860). Description d'oiseaux nouveaux de la Nouvelle Calédonie et indication des espéces déjà connues de ce pays. Reveu et Magasin de Zoologie 2(12): 431-443.


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