Railhunter Rockshelter, Layer IIB, Tinian (Holocene of Northern Mariana Islands)

Also known as Site 131

Where: Northern Mariana Islands (15.0° N, 145.7° E: paleocoordinates 15.0° N, 145.7° E)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: Holocene (0.0 - 0.0 Ma)

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: cave; lithology not reported

Size class: macrofossils

Collected by D.W. Steadman, C.C. Bodner, S.R. Derrickson, J.D. Groves, D.S. Lee in 1994

Primary reference: D. W. Steadman. 1999. The prehistory of vertebrates, especially birds, on Tinian, Aguiguan, and Rota, Northern Mariana Islands. Micronesica 31:319-345 [M. Clapham/M. Clapham]more details

Purpose of describing collection: general faunal/floral analysis

PaleoDB collection 194627: authorized by Matthew Clapham, entered by Matthew Clapham on 23.06.2018

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

 Charadriiformes - Laridae
Sterna sp., "Procelsterna cerulea" = Anous ceruleus, Anous minutus, Anous stolidus, "Gygis candida" = Gygis alba candida, "Gygis microrhyncha" = Gygis alba microrhyncha
Sterna sp. Linnaeus 1758 tern
"Procelsterna cerulea" = Anous ceruleus Bennett 1840 blue-gray noddy
Anous minutus Boie 1844 black noddy
Anous stolidus Linnaeus 1758 brown noddy
"Gygis candida" = Gygis alba candida Gmelin 1789 Pacific white tern
"Gygis microrhyncha" = Gygis alba microrhyncha Saunders 1876 little white tern
 Charadriiformes - Charadriidae
Pluvialis fulva Gmelin 1789 Pacific golden-plover
 Columbiformes - Columbidae
"Gallicolumba xanthonura" = Alopecoenas xanthonurus, Ptilinopus roseicapilla
"Gallicolumba xanthonura" = Alopecoenas xanthonurus Temminck 1823 white-throated ground-dove
Ptilinopus roseicapilla Lesson 1831 Mariana fruit-dove
 Ornithurae -
Passeriformes indet. Linnaeus 1758 perching bird
 Passeriformes - Meliphagidae
"Myzomela rubrata" = Myzomela rubratra
"Myzomela rubrata" = Myzomela rubratra Lesson 1827 Micronesian myzomela
 Passeriformes - Acrocephalidae
"Acrocephalus luscinia" = Acrocephalus luscinius
"Acrocephalus luscinia" = Acrocephalus luscinius Quoy and Gaimard 1830 nightingale reed warbler
 Passeriformes - Sturnidae
Aplonis opaca Kittlitz 1833 Micronesian starling
 Gruiformes - Rallidae
Rallidae indet. Vigors 1825 rail
Porzana sp. Vieillot 1816 rail
"Poliolimnas cinereus" = Amaurornis cinerea Vieillot 1819 white-browed crake
Gallirallus sp. Lafresnaye 1841 rail
 Squamata -
Squamata indet. squamates
Serpentes indet. Linnaeus 1758 snake
 Primates - Hominidae
Homo sapiens Linnaeus 1758 human
 Chiroptera - Pteropodidae
Pteropus sp. Brisson 1762 flying fox