Australian Museum Journal A revision of C.W. De Vis’ fossil cormorants (Aves: Phalacrocoracidae). In Proceedings of the VII International Meeting of the Society of Avian Paleontology and Evolution, ed. W.E. Boles and T.H. Worthy

Shortform:
Boles, 2010, Rec. Aust. Mus. 62(1): 145–155
Author(s):
Boles, Walter E.
Year published:
2010
Title:
A revision of C.W. De Vis’ fossil cormorants (Aves: Phalacrocoracidae). In Proceedings of the VII International Meeting of the Society of Avian Paleontology and Evolution, ed. W.E. Boles and T.H. Worthy
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
62
Issue:
1
Start page:
145
End page:
155
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.62.2010.1533
Language:
English
Date published:
26 May 2010
Cover date:
26 May 2010
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
AVES; PALAEONTOLOGY; FOSSIL
Reference number:
1533
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EndNote file
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Title page (43kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (362kb PDF)

Abstract

C.W. De Vis named two species of fossil cormorant, Phalacrocorax gregorii and P. vetustus, from Pleistocene deposits at Cooper Creek and Warburton River, Australia, based on specimens mainly collected by J.W. Gregory in 1901–1902. The material of each nominal species consists of extensive, syntypic series of mixed elements. It was subsequently regarded that each series comprised specimens from several living species. One of these species, P. fuscescens, is an exclusively marine species, raising questions about its purported presence in central Australian deposits. Re-examination of the fossil material confirms that all specimens complete enough for identification can be referred to either of two living species, P. carbo or P. varius, or occasionally the Darter Anhinga novaehollandiae. There is no unequivocal evidence of the occurrence of P. fuscescens. Selections of lectotypes are made to synonymize P. gregorii with P. carbo and P. vetustus with P. varius.

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