Nyctanassa carcinocatactes 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Aves Pelecaniformes Ardeidae

Scientific Name: Nyctanassa carcinocatactes Olson & Wingate, 2006
Common Name(s):
English Bermuda Night-heron
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: Nyctanassa carcinocatactes (del Hoyo and Collar 2014) was newly-described from fossil remains by Olson and Wingate (2006).

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): Symes, A. & Taylor, J.
This species is known only from subfossil remains. It likely became Extinct during the early 17th century as a result of invasive predators and hunting for food by human settlers.
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Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Nyctanassa carcinocatactes is known from subfossil remains from Bermuda (Olson and Wingate 2006). Reports from 1610 refer to numerous herons fitting the likely description of this species (Hume and Walters 2012), but it probably became extinct during the early 17th century shortly after colonisation by humans.
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Population [top]

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

Habitat and Ecology:May have fed on large land crabs (Olson and Wingate 2006).
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater
Movement patterns:Not a Migrant

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It was probably driven to extinction by invasive predators such as feral cats, hunting, and perhaps a shortage of prey (Hume and Walters 2012).

Amended [top]

Amended reason: Added movement pattern.

Citation: BirdLife International. 2017. Nyctanassa carcinocatactes (amended version of 2016 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T62286255A119207935. . Downloaded on 26 September 2018.
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