Porzana sp. nov. ‘Lisianski’

Lisianski crake



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: cf. Porzana undescribed species (Tyrberg, 2009:81)


Only a single bone indistinguishable from the Laysan rail was excavated. The absence of any major osteological differences almost certainly means that this taxon is invalid (Olson & Ziegler, 1995).


Conservation Status

Invalid (synonym)

Last record: 1828 (Tyrberg, 2009:81)



Lisianski, Hawaiian Islands


Biology & Ecology










Olson, Storrs L. and Ziegler, A. C. (1995). Remains of land birds from Lisianski Island, with observations on the terrestrial avifauna of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Pacific Science 49: 111-125.

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.


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