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Historical records of snipe from Campbell Island, New Zealand

TitleHistorical records of snipe from Campbell Island, New Zealand
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsMiskelly, CM
Type of Articlepaper
KeywordsBar-tailed Godwit, birds, Coenocorypha aucklandica, Limosa lapponica, rats

Four historical records of snipe from Campbell Island in the New Zealand subantarctic are reviewed to determine whether any may refer to the recently discovered Campbell Island snipe (Coenocorypha sp.). It is concluded that none of the records is likely to have been Campbell Island snipe, and that Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus) probably reached Campbell Island before 1840. An 1840 record of "a Scolopax" may have been Coenocorypha, but this is not supported by any documentation or specimen. All other records were errors in identification referring to bar-tailed godwits (Limosa lapponica), or incorrect recording of the location where snipe were seen. Three "snipe" specimens shot on Campbell Island in 1894 were located in the Museum of Victoria and are bar-tailed godwits.

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