Fulica newtoni

The Mascarene Coot is an extinct species of coot that inhabited the Mascarene islands of Mauritius and Réunion. Long known from subfossil bones found on the former island, but only assumed from descriptions to also have been present on the latter, remains have more recently been found on Réunion also. Early travellers' reports from Mauritius were, in reverse, generally assumed to refer to Common Moorhens, but it seems that this species only colonized the island after the extinction of the endemic coot. The Mascarene Coot was a large bird and while not flightless, it had reduced flying ability, so that if pursued, it would have even more preferred to escape by diving than it is already a general habit of the coots. As the bird had considerable stamina, it could have easily crossed the ocean between the islands, explaining why a single species occurred on both islands. The birds looked like oversized Eurasian Coots, being about 45 cm long, but as they were more likely derived from the Red-knobbed Coot, it

The Fulica newtoni is classified as Extinct (EX), there is no reasonable doubt that the last individual has died.

Summary Fulica newtoni is known from numerous travellers' reports1 and bones2 from R More

The Mascarene Coot ( Fulica newtoni) is an Extinct species of Coot that inhabited the Mascarene islands of Mauritius and In Biology and Ecology, extinction is the cessation of existence of a Species or group of taxa. The rails, or Rallidae, are a large cosmopolitan family of small to medium-sized Birds The family exhibits considerable diversity In Biological classification, family ( Latin They constitute the genus Fulica. More

describes as “closely allied to Fulica newtoni, found at the Mauritius with the Aphanapteryx and the dodo.” Our cave has produced abundant evidence that we have had here in this Island a large Fulica, also closely allied to, if not identical with, Fulica newtoni. I have now a considerable number of bones of nearly all parts of the skeleton, including three crania. (See Table below. More

Fulica newtoni For prehistoric species, see article text dbpprop:subdivisionRanks * dbpedia:Species dbpprop:wikiPageUsesTemplate * dbpedia:Template:Taxobox rdf:type * owl:Thing * opencyc:en/OrganismClassificationType * dbpedia-owl:Species * dbpedia-owl:Animal * dbpedia-owl:Eukaryote * dbpedia-owl:Bird rdfs:comment * Nokikanat (Fulica) on rantakanojen More

Order : Gruiformes
Family : Rallidae
Genus : Fulica
Species : newtoni
Authority : Milne-Edwards, 1867