The fossil megapodes (Aves: Megapodiidae) of Fiji with descriptions of a new genus and two new species

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Abstract

The late Pleistocene‐Holocene fossil record of megapodes (Aves: Megapodiidae) in the Fiji Islands is examined. Three new taxa are recorded from the group: a new genus and species are erected for a flightless form from Viti Levu that rivals in size the extinct Svlviornis of New Caledonia; a large, flightless species of Megapodius is described from Viti Levu; and Megapodius alimentumSteadman is recorded from Lakeba and Mago islands in the Lau Group. The tarsometatarsus of M. alimentumis redescribed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337-364
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of the Royal Society of New Zealand
Volume30
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2000
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Fiji
  • Megapodes
  • Megapodiidae
  • New genus
  • New species

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