Aphanapteryx bonasia


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Aphanapteryx bonasia
Species Authority: (Selys Longchamps, 1848)
Common Name(s):
English Red Rail
Taxonomic Notes: Kuina mundyi and Pezocrex herberti3 are synonyms1.

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 known from Mauritius, but went Extinct around 1693 due to cat predation and hunting.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Aphanapteryx bonasia was endemic to Mauritius from where it is known from a number of travellers' accounts and illustrations (Cheke 1987), and from numerous bones (Cowles 1987). It was mentioned to have become rare by Leguat in 1693, and probably went extinct around this time (Cheke 2006).

Regionally extinct:
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It may have inhabited the islands' forests.

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It was flightless and palatable and therefore was presumably hunted to extinction (Cheke 1987), although introduced cats are also likely to have taken some birds.

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