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Relationships, adaptations, and habits of the extinct duck ' Euryanas ' finschi

TitleRelationships, adaptations, and habits of the extinct duck ' Euryanas ' finschi
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsWorthy, TH, Olson, SL
JournalNotornis
Volume49
Issue1
Pagination1-17
Type of Articlepaper
KeywordsAnatidae, Chenonetta jubata, Euryanas finschi, Finsch's duck, New Zealand, relationships, skeletal description
Abstract

The relationships, adaptations, and habits of the extinct, endemic Finsch's duck (Anas finschi Van Beneden, 1875) from New Zealand were determined from skeletal comparisons. Finsch's duck, usually placed in the monotypic genus Euryanas Oliver (1930), was found to be most similar to the Australian wood duck (Chenonetta jubata). Because the differences are mainly those associated with loss of flight, Euryanas is synonymised with Chenonetta, and the species should now be known as Chenonetta finschi.

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