Megavitiornis altirostris Worthy, 2000:351

Fiji giant megapode, Noble megapode

 

 

Taxonomy & Nomenclature

 

 

Conservation Status

Extinct

 

Distribution

Viti Levu, Fiji

 

Biology & Ecology

 

 

Hypodigm

Holotype: MNZ S37362 ("right tarsometatarsus and 11 phalanges...of one foot")

Type locality: "Udit Tomo, Wainibuku, Viti Levu...[co-ordinates]"

 

Paratypes:

Dozens of paratypes were assigned. See (Worthy, 2000:351-353) for a detailed list.

 

Referred material:

Much material, although surprisingly less than the paratypic, was referred to [i]Megavitiornis altirostris[/i]. See (Worthy, 2000:353) for a detailed list.

 

Media

 

 

References

Original scientific description:

Worthy, Trevor H. (2000). The fossil megapodes (Aves: Megapodiidae) of Fiji with descriptions of a new genus and two new species. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 30(4): 337-364.

 

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.

Worthy, Trevor H. and Anderson, Atholl. (2009). Results of palaeofaunal research, pp. 41-62. In: Clark, Geoffrey Richard and Anderson, Atoll (eds.). The Early Prehistory of Fiji. Terra Australis 31. Canberra: ANU E Press. 437 pp.

Worthy, Trevor H., Anderson, Atholl J. and Molnar, Ralph E. (1999). Megafaunal expression in a land without mammals – the first fossil faunas from terrestrial deposits in Fiji (Vertebrata: Amphibia, Reptilia, Aves). Senckenbergiana Biologica 79(2): 237-242.

http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/pacific-migrations/3/4/3

http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/objectdetails.aspx?oid=397444

 

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