Rallus gracilipes Takano & Steadman, 2018

Large Abaco flightless rail



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: Late Pleistocene



Abaco Islands, Bahamas


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Takano, Oona M. and Steadman, David W. (2018). Another new species of flightless Rail (Aves: Rallidae: Rallus) from Abaco, The Bahamas. Zootaxa 4407(3): 376-382. [Abstract]


Other references:

Steadman, David W. and Franklin, J. (2014). Changes in a West Indian bird community since the late Pleistocene. Journal of Biogeography. doi: 10.1111/jbi.12418 [Abstract]

Steadman, David W. and Franklin, Janet. (2020). Bird populations and species lost to Late Quaternary environmental change and human impact in the Bahamas. PNAS. doi/10.1073/pnas.2013368117 [Supplementary Information]

Steadman, D. W., Franz, R., Morgan, G. S., Albury, N. A., Kakuk, B., Broad, K., ... and Dilcher, D. L. (2007). Exceptionally well preserved late Quaternary plant and vertebrate fossils from a blue hole on Abaco, The Bahamas. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 104(50): 19897-19902.

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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