Porphyrio paepae 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Aves Gruiformes Rallidae

Scientific Name: Porphyrio paepae Steadman, 1988
Common Name(s):
English Marquesan Swamphen
Taxonomic Source(s): del Hoyo, J., Collar, N.J., Christie, D.A., Elliott, A. and Fishpool, L.D.C. 2014. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Volume 1: Non-passerines. Lynx Edicions BirdLife International, Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge, UK.
Taxonomic Notes: Porphyrio paepae (del Hoyo and Collar 2014) was described by Steadman (1988) from bones found at two archaeological sites.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Extinct ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
Date Assessed: 2016-10-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Butchart, S. & Symes, A.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Taylor, J. & Symes, A.
This newly-recognised gallinule may have survived until as late as 1937, but undoubtedly became Extinct soon after. It likely disappeared as a result of over-hunting and predation by invasive rats and cats.
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Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Porphyrio paepae was known from Hiva Oa and Tahuata on the Marquesas Islands (French Polynesia). It may have survived as late as 1937, but must have become extinct soon afterwards (Steadman 1988, Hume and Walters 2012).
Countries occurrence:
Regionally extinct:
French Polynesia
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Population [top]

Population:No extant population remains.
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species was a small gallinule which probably had reduced flying capabilities (Hume and Walters 2012).
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater
Movement patterns:Not a Migrant

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Little is known, but it was presumably driven to extinction by hunting pressure and predation by invasive species.

Amended [top]

Amended reason: Added movement pattern.

Citation: BirdLife International. 2017. Porphyrio paepae (amended version of 2016 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T62263064A119207668. . Downloaded on 14 August 2018.
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