Australian Museum Journal A review of the Australian fossil storks of the genus Ciconia (Aves: Ciconiidae), with the description of a new species

Shortform:
Boles, 2005, Rec. Aust. Mus. 57(2): 165–178
Author(s):
Boles, Walter E.
Year published:
2005
Title:
A review of the Australian fossil storks of the genus Ciconia (Aves: Ciconiidae), with the description of a new species
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
57
Issue:
2
Start page:
165
End page:
178
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.57.2005.1440
Language:
English
Date published:
08 June 2005
Cover date:
08 June 2005
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
AVES; FOSSIL
Digitized:
08 June 2005
Available online:
08 June 2005
Reference number:
1440
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (33kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (522kb PDF)

Abstract

Only a single species of stork, the Black-necked Stork Ephippiorhynchus (= Xenorhynchus) asiaticus, occurs in Australia today, and is known from several fossil localities from the Early Pliocene. Two species of smaller fossil storks are also known, one previously named and one described here. The former, found in the Darling Downs, southeastern Queensland, was named Xenorhynchus nanus De Vis, 1888. Some later authors suggested that this species should be transferred to the living genus Ciconia; this decision is confirmed here, the name for this species becoming Ciconia nana. The second species of small stork comes from several Late Oligocene and Early Miocene sites at Riversleigh, northwestern Queensland. This taxon is referred to the genus Ciconia and distinguished as a new species, C. louisebolesae. It constitutes the earliest record of the Ciconiidae from Australia.

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