The Recently Extinct Plants and Animals Database


Vitirallus watlingi Worthy, 2004:303

Viti Levu rail



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Vittirallus watlingi Worthy, 2004:303 (used by Hume & Walters, 2012:112)


Conservation Status

Last record: Late Pleistocene or Holocene



Viti Levu, Fiji


Biology & Ecology




Holotype: NMNZ S.37543 (partial mandible; for a photo see [url=]here[/url].


Type locality: "terminal chamber of Qara-ni-vokai, Voli Voli Cave, Viti Levu, Fiji"



NMNZ S.37138 (107 bones)

NMNZ S.37543 (premaxilla)







Original scientific description:

Worthy, Trevor H. (2004). The fossil rails (Aves: Rallidae) of Fiji with descriptions of a new genus and species. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand. 34(3): 295-314.


Other references:

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

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.



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