Porzana rua Steadman, 1987:28

Mangaia crake, mo'o mo'o (cryptid)*



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status



* David Steadman talked with native Mangaians who mentioned a small black rail called the mo'o mo'o, which may be a surviving population of [i]P. rua[/i] (see Hume & Walters, 2012:331).



Mangaia Cook Islands, New Zealand


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Steadman, David W. (1987). Two new species of rails (Aves: Rallidae) from Mangaia, Southern Cook Islands. Pacific Science 40(1-4): 27-43.


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.

Steadman, David W. (1995). Prehistoric Extinctions of Pacific Island Birds: Biodiversity Meets Zooarchaeology. Science 267(5201): 1123-1131.


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