Reunion Shelduck

Reunion Shelduck

Summary:

Profile Reunion Shelduck
[order] ANSERIFORMES |

[order] ANSERIFORMES | [family] ANATIDAE | [latin] Alopochen kervazoi | [UK] Reunion Shelduck | [Authority] Cowles, 1994

Reunion Shelduck extinct species

Mascarenachen kervazoi is known only from subfossil bones collected by Bertrand Kervazo in the Grottes des Premiers Français on Reunion (to France) in 1974 . Nontekoe mentioned finding geese on the island when he visited in 1619, as did Dubois in 1671, but it was not to persist long and the species was specifically mentioned to have become extinct by Boucher in 1710. The specimens are deposited in the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris. It is thought to have inhabited freshwater pools and lakes. As early as 1667 Martin recorded destruction of the wildfowl and habitat of the Etang de Saint-Paul, and similar processes are likely to have led to its extinction throughout the island. There is only one description remaining, that of Dubois made in 1674. He merely mentions that they were similar to European geese but smaller, with the bill and feet being red. Apart from that, the species is only known from brief reports and subfossil bones. Mascarenachen kervazoi is known only from subfossil bones collected by Bertrand Kervazo in the Grottes des Premiers Français on Reunion (to France) in 1974 . Nontekoe mentioned finding geese on the island when he visited in 1619, as did Dubois in 1671, but it was not to persist long and the species was specifically mentioned to have become extinct by Boucher in 1710. The specimens are deposited in the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris. It is thought to have inhabited freshwater pools and lakes. As early as 1667 Martin recorded destruction of the wildfowl and habitat of the Etang de Saint-Paul, and similar processes are likely to have led to its extinction throughout the island. There is only one description remaining, that of Dubois made in 1674. He merely mentions that they were similar to European geese but smaller, with the bill and feet being red. Apart from that, the species is only known from brief reports and subfossil bones.

Cowles, Graham S. (1994): A new genus, three new species and two new records of extinct Holocene birds from Réunion Island, Indian Ocean. Geobios 27(1): 87?93.

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