The Recently Extinct Plants and Animals Database

Zapornia astrictocarpus Olson, 1973:17

St. Helena rail, St. Helena crake



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Porzana astrictocarpus Olson, 1973:17


Conservation Status

Last record: after 1502?

IUCN RedList status: Extinct



St. Helena


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

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


Other references:

Ashmole, N. P. and Ashmole, M. J. (2000). St Helena and Ascension Island: a Natural History. Oswestry, U.K.: Anthony Nelson.

BirdLife International. (2012). Zapornia astrictocarpus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. ( Downloaded on 26 July 2014.

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.

Olson, Storrs L. (1975). Paleornithology of St Helena Island, south Atlantic Ocean. Smithsonian Contributions to Paleobiology 23: 1-49.


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