Nesotrochis debooyi Wetmore, 1918:516

Antillean cave rail, De Booy's rail



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: subfossil (after 1900?)



Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Wetmore, Alexander. (1918). Bones of birds collected by Theodor de Booy from Kitchen Midden deposits in the islands of St. Thomas and St. Croix. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 54(2245): 513-522.


Other references:

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.

Nichols, R. A. (1943). The breeding birds of St. Thomas and St. John, Virgin Islands. Memorias Sociedad Cubana de Historia Natural 17: 23-37.

Olson, Storrs L. (1977). A synopsis on the fossil Rallidae. In: Ripley, D. S. Rails of the World: A monograph of the family Rallidae. Boston: Codline.

Tyrberg, Tommy. (2009). Holocene avian extinctions, pp. 63-106. In: Turvey, Samuel T. (ed.). Holocene Extinctions. Oxford, UK & New York, USA: Oxford University Press. xii + 352 pp.

Wetmore A (1922) Bird remains from the caves of Porto Rico. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 46, 297–333.

Wetmore A (1927) The birds of Porto Rico and the Virgin Islands. New York Academy of Science, Scienti; c Survey of Porto Rico and the Virgin Islands 9, 243–406, 409–598.

Wetmore A (1937) Ancient records of birds from the island of St. Croix with observations on extinct and living birds of Puerto Rico. Journal of Agriculture of the University of Puerto Rico 21, 5–16.


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