Gallirallus ripleyi Steadman 1987 (Mangaia rail)

Aves - Gruiformes - Rallidae

Full reference: D. W. Steadman. 1987. Two new species of rails (Aves: Rallidae) from Mangaia, southern Cook Islands. Pacific Science 40:27-43

Belongs to Gallirallus according to D. W. Steadman 1987

Sister taxa: Gallirallus australis, Gallirallus dieffenbachii, Gallirallus epulare, Gallirallus gracilitibia, Gallirallus huiatua, Gallirallus lafresnayanus, Gallirallus minor, Gallirallus modestus, Gallirallus okinawae, Gallirallus philippensis, Gallirallus roletti, Gallirallus storrsolsoni, Gallirallus vekamatolu, Hypotaenidia okinawae, Hypotaenidia insignis, Hypotaenidia torquata

Type specimen: USNM 402895, a set of limb elements (associated distal half of tibiotarsus and complete tarsometatarsus). Its type locality is Te Rua Rere Cave, Tava'enga District, Mangaia, which is in a Holocene cave horizon in Cook Islands.

Ecology: ground dwelling carnivore

Distribution:

• Quaternary of Cook Islands (5 collections)

Total: 5 collections each including a single occurrence

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