Gallinula mortierii reperta De Vis, 1888

Mainland native hen, Australian native hen



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Baird (1984) considers G. m. reperta to fall within the morphological variation of the nominate subspecies (G. m. mortierii) and hence does not recognize its validity as a separate subspecies.


Conservation Status

Invalid (synonym)

Last record: Holocene



Mainland Australia


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

De Vis, Charles W. (1888). A glimpse of the post-Tertiary avifauna of Queensland. Proccedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 3: 1277-1292.


Other references:

Baird, Robert F. (1984). The Pleistocene distribution of the Tasmanian Native Hen Gallinula mortierii mortierii. Emu 84: 119-123.

Baird, Robert F. (1986). Tasmanian native hen Gallinula mortierii: The first late Pleistocene record from Queensland. The Emu. 86: 121-122.

Baird, Robert F. (1991). The Dingo as a Possible Factor in the Disappearance of Gallinula mortierii from the Australian Mainland. Emu 91: 121-122.

Olson, Storrs L. (1975). The fossil rails of C. W. De Vis, being mainly an extinct form of Tribonyx mortierii from Queensland. Emu 75(2): 49-54.


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