Anas theodori


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Anas theodori
Species Authority: Newton & Gadow, 1893
Common Name(s):
English Mauritius Duck, Mauritian Duck

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Extinct ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-05-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Symes, A. & Butchart, S.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Brooks, T., Khwaja, N., Mahood, S.
This species was found on Mauritius, but is now Extinct having not been recorded since 1696. Hunting is likely to have caused its extinction.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Anas theodori was endemic to Mauritius, and is known from a number of explorers' accounts (Cheke 1987), and bones (Cowles 1987). Although in 1681, the "gray teal" was found in "great numbers" it was becoming rare by 1693, and was last mentioned as extant in 1696. There are also numerous travellers' reports of sarcelles and canards from Réunion, and so presumably this or a similar species also occurred there, where they were extinct by 1710 at latest, although no bones have been found (Cheke 1987).

Regionally extinct:
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Reports indicate that it was found "on lakes and ponds in the woods".

Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It was presumably hunted to extinction.

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Anas theodori. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 01 September 2015.
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