Aldabranas cabri   (Harrison & Walker)


 
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Aldabra Goose
(Aldabranas cabri)

 
syn. -

 
distribution:

Seychelles: Aldabra

 
local name: -

 
size: (?)

extinction date: (?)

 
This species was described on the basis of a few bones, that originate from pleistocene deposits.

Because these deposits also contained bones of the still extant Aldabra Rail (Dryolimnas aldabranus (Gunther), it can be assumed, that this goose species may have survived into recent times too - this assumption, however, is still unconfirmed.

The Aldabra Goose was slightly larger than a mallard (Anas platyrhynchos (L.)), and was adapted to a rather terrestrial lifestyle.

 
References:

- C. J. O. Harrison; C. A. Walker: Pleistocene bird remains from Aldabra Atoll, Indian Ocean. Journal of Natural History 12(1): 7-14. 1978