First record of Palaelodus (Aves: Phoenicopteriformes) from New Zealand

Trevor H. Worthy, Alan Tennyson, Michael Archer, Richard Scofield

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    Abstract

    The first record of the flamingo-like Palaelodidae (Phoenicopteriformes) is reported from the Early Miocene, St Bathans Fauna of Central Otago, New Zealand. Two distal tibiotarsi are described as a new Palaelodus species and a cranial fragment of a sternum is tentatively assigned to the same taxon. The new species is slightly smaller than P. wilsoni from the Late Oligocene-Early Miocene of Australia, and is distinguished from all congeners by a more robust shaft with a gradual expansion of width to the distal condyles.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)77-88
    Number of pages12
    JournalRecords of The Australian Museum
    Volume62
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 26 May 2010

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