Amsterdam Island: Holocene, French Southern Territories

List of taxa
Where & when
Taphonomy & methods
Metadata & references
Taxonomic list
Reptilia - Hydrobatidae
Hydrobatidae indet. Mathews 1912
Worthy and Jouventin 1999 5 specimens
Reptilia - Diomedeidae
Diomedea chlororhynchos Gmelin 1789
Worthy and Jouventin 1999 9 specimens
recombined as Thalassarche chlororhynchos
Diomedea sp. Linnaeus 1758
Worthy and Jouventin 1999 42 specimens
Diomedea amsterdamensis Roux et al. 1983
Worthy and Jouventin 1999 80 specimens
Reptilia - Oceanitidae
Oceanites sp. Keyserling and Blasius 1840
Worthy and Jouventin 1999 17 specimens
Fregetta grallaria (Vieillot 1818)
Worthy and Jouventin 1999 72 specimens
Pelagodroma marina (Latham 1790)
Worthy and Jouventin 1999 1780 specimens
Reptilia - Procellariidae
Pachyptila sp. Illiger 1811
Worthy and Jouventin 1999 7 specimens
Pachyptila sp. chicks
Pachyptila macgillivrayi (Mathews 1912)
Worthy and Jouventin 1999 9235 specimens
recombined as Pachyptila salvini macgillivrayi
Pachyptila cf. desolata (Gmelin 1789)
Worthy and Jouventin 1999 1 specimen
Pachyptila cf. turtur (Kuhl 1820)
Worthy and Jouventin 1999 57 specimens
Puffinus cf. griseus (Gmelin 1789)
Worthy and Jouventin 1999 2 specimens
recombined as Ardenna grisea
Puffinus carneipes Gould 1844
Worthy and Jouventin 1999 21 specimens
recombined as Ardenna carneipes
Pelecanoides urinatrix (Gmelin 1789)
Worthy and Jouventin 1999 106 specimens
Procellaria cinerea Gmelin 1789
Worthy and Jouventin 1999 980 specimens
Pterodroma sp. Bonaparte 1856
Worthy and Jouventin 1999 11 specimens
Pterodroma baraui/arminjoniana
Pterodroma arminjoniana (Giglioli and Salvadori 1869)
Worthy and Jouventin 1999 6 specimens
Pterodroma baraui (Jouanin 1964)
Worthy and Jouventin 1999 263 specimens
Pterodroma macroptera (Smith 1840)
Worthy and Jouventin 1999 3711 specimens
Pterodroma mollis (Gould 1844)
Worthy and Jouventin 1999 4766 specimens
Puffinus assimilis Gould 1838
Worthy and Jouventin 1999 1882 specimens
Pterodroma ? aterrima (Bonaparte 1857)
Worthy and Jouventin 1999 2 specimens
recombined as Pseudobulweria aterrima
Reptilia - Spheniscidae
Eudyptes chrysocome (Forster 1781)
Worthy and Jouventin 1999 281 specimens
Reptilia - Anseriformes - Anatidae
Anas marecula n. sp. Olson and Jouventin 1996
44 specimens
Reptilia - Galliformes - Phasianidae
Gallus gallus (Linnaeus 1758)
Worthy and Jouventin 1999 3 specimens
Reptilia - Charadriiformes - Stercorariidae
Catharacta skua BrĂ¼nnich 1764
Worthy and Jouventin 1999 179 specimens
ssp. hamiltoni
    = Stercorarius antarcticus Lesson 1831
Clements et al. 2017
ssp. hamiltoni
see common names

Country:French Southern Territories
Coordinates: 37.8° South, 77.6° East (view map)
Paleocoordinates:37.8° South, 77.6° East
Basis of coordinate:based on nearby landmark
Geographic resolution:local area
Period:Quaternary Epoch:Holocene
Key time interval:Holocene
Age range of interval:0.01170 - 0.00000 m.y. ago
Stratigraphic resolution:group of beds
Stratigraphy comments: Although undated, the better-preserved of these specimens are probably no more than a few hundred years old.
Lithology and environment
Primary lithology: not reported
Modes of preservation:body
Size of fossils:macrofossils
Collection methods and comments
Reason for describing collection:taxonomic analysis
Museum repositories:USNM
Database number:194621
Authorizer:M. Clapham Enterer:M. Clapham
Modifier:M. Clapham Research group:vertebrate
Created:2018-06-23 19:51:50 Last modified:2020-05-18 00:19:00
Access level:the public Released:2018-06-23 19:51:50
Creative Commons license:CC BY
Reference information

Primary reference:

66131. S. L. Olson and P. Jouventin. 1996. A new species of small flightless duck from Amsterdam Island, southern Indian Ocean (Anatidae: Anas). The Condor 98:1-9 [M. Clapham/M. Clapham]

Secondary references:

65172 J. F. Clements, T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017 [M. Clapham/M. Clapham]
72406 T. H. Worthy and P. Jouventin. 1999. The fossil avifauna of Amsterdam Island, Indian Ocean. Avian Paleontology at the Close of the 20th Century: Proceedings of the 4th International Meeting of the Society of Avian Paleontology and Evolution, Washington, D.C, 4-7 June 1996. Smithsonian Contributions to Paleobiology 89:39-66 [M. Clapham/M. Clapham]