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Leguatia gigantea Schlegel, 1857

Géant, Réunion stork

 

 

Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Generally regarded as referring to flamingoes, which formerly bred on both islands (e.g. Hume, 2013).

 

Conservation Status

Last record: 1708

 

Distribution

Mauritius & Réunion, Mascarene Islands

 

Biology & Ecology

 

 

Hypodigm

 

 

Media

 

 

References

Cheke, A. S. (1987). An ecological history of the Mascarene Islands, with particular reference to extinctions and introductions of land vertebrates, pp. 5-89. In: Diamond, A. W. (ed.), Studies of Mascarene island birds. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press.

Cowles, Graham S. (1987). The fossil record, pp. 90-100. In: Diamond, A. W. (ed.). Studies of Mascarene Island Birds. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press.

Hachisuka, M. (1953). The dodo and kindred birds, or the extinct birds of the Mascarene Islands. xvi+250 pp. London (H. F. & G. Witherby).

Hume, Julian Pender. (2013). A synopsis of the pre-human avifauna of the Mascarene Islands, pp. 195-237. In: Göhlich, U.B. & Kroh, A. (eds.). Proceedings of the 8th International Meeting of the Society of Avian Paleontology and Evolution. Naturhistorisches Museum, Wien.

Hume, Julian Pender. (2019). Systematics, morphology and ecology of rails (Aves: Rallidae) of the Mascarene Islands, with one new species. Zootaxa 4626(1): 1-107. [Abstract]

Leguat, F. (1708). Voyage et aventures de Francois Leguat et des ses compagnons en deux isles desertes des Indes Orientales. London (David Mortier, Marchand Làbraire). 180 pp.

Olson, Storrs L. (1977). A synopsis on the fossil Rallidae, pp. ?-?. In: Ripley, S. D. Rails of the World: A Monograph of the Family Rallidae. Boston and Massachussetts: David R. Godine.

Naish, Darren. (2018, 9 March). The Enigma of Leguatia, 6-foot Mauritian Super-Rail. Tetrapod Zoology blog post, available from: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/tetrapod-zoology/the-enigma-of-leguatia-6-foot-mauritian-super-rail/ [accessed 9 March 2018] 

North-Coombes, A. (1983). François Leguat, le géant and the flamingo in the Mascarene Islands. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Arts and Sciences, Mauritius 4(3): 1-30.

Oudemans, A. C. (1917). Leguatia gigantea Schleg. Ardea 6(2): 37-55, 1 pl.

Rothschild, Walter. (1907). Extinct birds. – xxix+244 pp. London (Hutchinson).

Shuker, Karl P. N. (2012, 13 September). Leguatia gigantea - the giant bird that never was. Blog post at shukernature, available at: https://www.karlshuker.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/leguatia-gigantea-giant-bird-that-never.html

https://extinctanimals.proboards.com/thread/15465/leguatia-gigantea-leguats-giant

 

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