Hypotaenidia poeciloptera


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Hypotaenidia poeciloptera
Species Authority: (Hartlaub, 1866)
Common Name(s):
English Bar-winged Rail
Nesoclopeus poeciloptera Collar and Andrew (1988)
Nesoclopeus poecilopterus (Hartlaub, 1866)
Taxonomic Notes: Hypotaenidia poeciloptera (del Hoyo and Collar 2014) was previously placed in the genus Nesoclopeusas N. poecilopterus.

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.
Contributor(s): Dutson, G.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Brooks, T., Khwaja, N., Mahood, S. & Temple, H.
This species was found in Fiji, but it has not been recorded since 1973 and is now Extinct. Predation by introduced cats and mongooses is thought to have been responsible for its decline.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Hypotaenidia poeciloptera is known from Fiji, with twelve 19th century specimens from Vitu Levu and Ovalau (Taylor 1998), and reports from Taveuni (Blackburn 1971) in 1971 and Waisa, Vitu Levu, in 1973 (Holyoak 1979). There have been no convincing recent reports from Ovalau or Taveuni which remain mongoose-free and where other rail species were recorded during field surveys and other fieldwork in 2002-2005, and so it seems very likely that H. poeciloptera is extinct (G. Dutson in litt. 2005).

Regionally extinct:
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It formerly inhabited the forests of the interior.

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Two other (non-endemic) rails have become extinct from the islands due to predation by introduced mongooses and cats, and so it seems very likely that this also caused the extinction of H. poeciloptera (Collar et al. 1994).

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Hypotaenidia poeciloptera. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 05 September 2015.
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