An extinct Austral snipe Aves: Coenocorypha from New Caledonia

Trevor H. Worthy, Atholl Anderson, Christophe Sand

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    A new and extinct species of Austral snipe (Aves:Scolopacidae:Coenocorypha) is described from late Holocene cave deposits in New Caledonia. The new species is larger than all congeners in the New Zealand archipelago, including its subantarctic islands, but is slightly smaller than C. miratropica from Viti Levu, Fiji. Better developed ligamental sulci and attachment processes on the humerus suggest that this new species was perhaps the strongest flier in the genus. Nevertheless, it went extinct within c. 1000 years of human arrival in New Caledonia, probably as a result of depredation by the rats that arrived with humans.Journal compilation

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)383-393
    Number of pages11
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


    • Extinction
    • Grand Terre
    • Owl deposits
    • Prehuman avifauna
    • Scolopacidae


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