Dryolimnas cuvieri abbotti (Ridgway, 1894:74)

Assumption white-throated rail, Abbott's white-throated rail



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Rougetius abbotti Ridgway, 1894 (original combination); Rallus abbotti (Ridgway, 1894:74)


Conservation Status


Last record: 1908

IUCN RedList status: Extinct



Assumption Island, Seychelles


Biology & Ecology




NHMUK 1910.4.8.1 (unsexed)






Original scientific description:

Ridgway, R. (1894). Note on Rougetius aldabranus. The Auk 11: 74. 


Other references:

BirdLife International. (2012). Dryolimnas cuvieri. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. ( Downloaded on 24 August 2013.

Harrison CJO, Walker CA. Pleistocene bird remains from Aldabra Atoll, Indian Ocean. J. Nat. Hist.1978; 12(1):7–14.

Hume JP. 2017. Extinct birds, 2nd edn. London: Christopher Helm.

Hume, Julian Pender and Martill, David. (2019). Repeated evolution of flightlessness in Dryolimnas rails (Aves: Rallidae) after extinction and recolonization on Aldabra. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. doi:

Hume, Julian Pender, Martill, David and Hing, R. (2018). A terrestrial vertebrate palaeontological review of Aldabra Atoll, Aldabra Group, Seychelles. PLoS ONE 13(3): e0192675.

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

Knox, Alan G. and Walters, Michael P. (1994). Extinct and endangered birds in the collections of The Natural History Museum. British Ornithologists' Club Occasional Publications 1: 1-292.

Low, Carmichael (1929): , List of the vertebrated animals exhibited in the gardens of the Zoological Society of London, 1828-1927; Volume II. Birds. Printed for the Society; England.

Matthews, Thomas J. et al. (2022). Threatened and extinct island endemic birds of the world: Distribution, threats and functional diversity. Journal of Biogeography.

Meade-Waldo, E. G. B. (1908). Abbott's rail, Rallus abbotti. Avicultural Magazine NS6: 219-221.

Safford R, Hawkins F. 2013. Birds of Africa, vol. VIII: the Malagasy region. London: Christopher Helm.

Stoddart, D. R. et al. (1970). Ecological change and effects of phosphate mining on Assumption Island. Atoll Research Bulletin 136: 121-145.

Taylor, B. and van Perlo, B. (1998). Rails: a guide to the rails, crakes, gallinules and coots of the world. Robertsbridge, UK: Pica Press.

Vesey-Fitzgerald, D. (1941). Further contributions to the ornithology of the Seychelles Islands. Ibis 14(5): 518-531.


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