Rails in the Pacific

Discussion about the evolution, relationships, and naming of New Zealand birds
Ian Southey
Posts: 975
Joined: Tue Sep 08, 2009 5:45 pm

Rails in the Pacific

Postby Ian Southey » Thu Apr 05, 2012 8:50 am

I found this paper is currently available http://www.jstor.org/stable/pdfplus/10. ... .11096.pdf It includes some interesting fossil species and makes Gallirallus an even larger genus than it was but what is pointed out is that there seem to be three bursts of expansion and radiation. One between about Indonesia and New Zealand, two right out across the Pacific, three the Banded Rails. The Banded Rail expansion is very recent and may have been allowed by early Ploynesian impacts on the islands and their birds.

Ian
Ian Southey
Posts: 975
Joined: Tue Sep 08, 2009 5:45 pm

Re: Rails in the Pacific

Postby Ian Southey » Mon Sep 07, 2015 10:27 pm

This paper shows that Auckland Island Rails and their relatives have also been very recently derived form a common ancestor - since the last glacial period. I've only seen this abstract so far, the rest is hidden behind the paywall. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1 ... 4/abstract.

Ian
Ian Southey
Posts: 975
Joined: Tue Sep 08, 2009 5:45 pm

Re: Rails in the Pacific

Postby Ian Southey » Wed Nov 25, 2015 2:15 pm

The Auckland Island Rail paper is available here http://www.massey.ac.nz/~strewick/Text% ... ations.htm - on the top of the list.

Ian
Ian Southey
Posts: 975
Joined: Tue Sep 08, 2009 5:45 pm

Re: Rails in the Pacific

Postby Ian Southey » Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:47 pm

I haven't read this one yet but I'll be interested to see what they make of the Banded Rail subspecies. Maybe for Christmas

http://evolves.massey.ac.nz/PDFs/Garcia ... iology.pdf

Ian

Return to “Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature”