Ptilinopus sp. 'Tubuai'


 
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Tubuai Fruit Dove
(Ptilinopus sp.)

 
syn. -

 
distribution:

Austral Islands: Tubuai

 
local name: -

 
size: (?)

extinction date: (?)

 
This, not as yet described species from the genus Ptilinopus was identified on the basis of subfossil bones found on the island of Tubuai in the Austral archipelago.

All that is known so far is, that it differed from both the Rapa Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus huttoni), which is a unusual large bird for its genus, as well as from all other extant polynesian members of its genus.

 
References:

- David W. Steadman: Extinction and Biogeography of Tropical Pacific Birds. University Of Chicago Press 2006