Gallirallus vekamatolu


 
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Eua Rail
(Gallirallus vekamatolu)

 
syn. -

 
distribution:

Tonga: 'Eua

 
local name: -

 
size: ca. 30 cm (length)

extinction date: (?)

 
This rail species has been described on the basis of subfossil bones from the Tongan island of 'Eua.

It was about the same size as the still living Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis) but stouter and flightless.

 
References:

- Jeremy J. Kirchman; David W. Steadman: Rails (Aves: Rallidae: Gallirallus) from prehistoric sites in the Kingdom of Tonga, including a description of a new species. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 118(2): 465-477. 2005
- David W. Steadman: Extinction and Biogeography of Tropical Pacific Birds. University Of Chicago Press 2006