Nesotrochis steganinos Olson, 1974

Haitain cave rail, Haiti rail



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status




Haiti, Hispaniola


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Olson, Storrs L. (1974). A new species of Nesotrochis from Hispaniola, with notes on other fossil rails of the West Indies (Aves: Rallidae). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 87: 439-450.


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.

Oswald, Jessica A. et al. (2021). Ancient DNA from the extinct Haitian cave-rail (Nesotrochis steganinos) suggests a biogeographic connection between the Caribbean and Old World. Biology Letters 17(3). DOI: [Abstract]


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