Australian Museum Journal First record of Palaelodus (Aves: Phoenicopteriformes) from New Zealand. In Proceedings of the VII International Meeting of the Society of Avian Paleontology and Evolution, ed. W.E. Boles and T.H. Worthy

Shortform:
Worthy et al., 2010, Rec. Aust. Mus. 62(1): 77–88
Author(s):
Worthy, Trevor H.; Tennyson, Alan J. D.; Archer, Michael; Scofield, R. Paul
Year published:
2010
Title:
First record of Palaelodus (Aves: Phoenicopteriformes) from New Zealand. 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:
77
End page:
88
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.62.2010.1545
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; NEW ZEALAND
Reference number:
1545
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Abstract

The first record of the flamingo-like Palaelodidae (Phoenicopteriformes) is reported from the Early Miocene, St Bathans Fauna of Central Otago, New Zealand. Two distal tibiotarsi are described as a new Palaelodus species and a cranial fragment of a sternum is tentatively assigned to the same taxon. The new species is slightly smaller than P. wilsoni from the Late Oligocene-Early Miocene of Australia, and is distinguished from all congeners by a more robust shaft with a gradual expansion of width to the distal condyles.