Family Phaethontidae Brandt 1831 (tropicbird)

Aves - Pelecaniformes - Phaethontidae

Alternative spelling: Phaetontidae

Parent taxon: Phaethontiformes according to J. F. Clements et al. 2017

See also Bourdon et al. 2005, Carroll 1988, Lambrecht 1933, Livezey and Zusi 2007, Mayr 2011, Olson 1975, Olson 1985 and Olson 1985

Sister taxon: Prophaethontidae

Subtaxa: Heliadornis Phaethon Phaethusavis

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Ecology: ground dwelling carnivore

Distribution:

• Quaternary of Bermuda (1 collection), Cook Islands (5), French Polynesia (2), the Marshall Islands (1), Mauritius (2), Micronesia (1), Niue (7), Northern Mariana Islands (6), Pitcairn (11), Reunion (2), Saint Helena (5), the Seychelles (2), Tonga (1)

• Miocene of United States (1: Maryland)

• Eocene of Morocco (1)

Total: 48 collections including 49 occurrences

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