Porphyrio mantelli 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Aves Gruiformes Rallidae

Scientific Name: Porphyrio mantelli (Owen, 1848)
Common Name(s):
English North Island Takahe
Porphyrio hochstetteri ssp. hochstetteri (Meyer, 1883) [in error] — BirdLife International (2000)
Taxonomic Source(s): Brooks, T. 2000. Extinct species. In: BirdLife International (ed.), Threatened Birds of the World, pp. 701-708. Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, Barcelona and Cambridge, U.K.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Extinct ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-10-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Butchart, S. & Symes, A.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Brooks, T., Khwaja, N., Mahood, S., Martin, R
This species was endemic to New Zealand's North Island, but has been driven Extinct by human-induced habitat changes. There has been only one historical record of the species, in 1894.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Porphyrio mantelli was a flightless endemic to North Island, New Zealand, from where it is known from subfossils from a number of archeological sites (Williams 1960) and from one possible late 19th century record (Phillipps 1959).

Countries occurrence:
Regionally extinct:
New Zealand
Additional data:
Continuing decline in area of occupancy (AOO):Unknown
Extreme fluctuations in area of occupancy (AOO):NoEstimated extent of occurrence (EOO) - km2:
Continuing decline in extent of occurrence (EOO):UnknownExtreme fluctuations in extent of occurrence (EOO):No
Continuing decline in number of locations:Unknown
Extreme fluctuations in the number of locations:NoLower elevation limit (metres):1050
Upper elevation limit (metres):1520
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Population [top]

Population:None remain.
Additional data:
Continuing decline of mature individuals:Unknown
Extreme fluctuations:NoPopulation severely fragmented:No
Continuing decline in subpopulations:Unknown
Extreme fluctuations in subpopulations:NoAll individuals in one subpopulation:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It inhabited high altitude alpine grasslands.

Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:Unknown
Generation Length (years):6.7
Movement patterns:Not a Migrant

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The decline of the species has generally been attributed to the increasing incursion of forest into the alpine grasslands through the Holocene (Mills et al. 1984), although hunting by the Maori probably also played a significant role (Beauchamp and Worthy 1988).

Citation: BirdLife International. 2016. Porphyrio mantelli. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T22728833A94998264. . Downloaded on 27 April 2018.
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