Say Hello! to the Henderson Island Sandpiper

Henderson Island Sandpiper  (Prosobonia sauli De Pietri et al.)

The so far rather modest year 2020 only got a little more colorful again shortly before its end … the orange-colored horror is about to pack his things and disappear … and now there is also good news for me personally because it concerns one of mine favorite species of bird: the Henderson Island Sandpiper has now officially been given a scientific name, even if not the most beautiful … [2]  

The species, previously only known under the name Prosobonia sp. ‚Henderson Island‘, was first mentioned in 1994, and its remains must have been found some time before. [1]  

Now, ‚only‘ 26 years later, the species was finally described and named.   🙂

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References:

[1] Graham M. Wragg; Marshall I. Weisler: Extinctions and new records of birds from Henderson Island. Notornis 41: 61-70. 1994
[2] Vanesa L. De Pietri; Trevor H. Worthy; R. Paul Scofield; Theresa L. Cole; Jamie R. Wood; Kieren J. Mitchell; Alice Cibois; Justin J. F. J. Jansen; Alan J. Cooper; Shaohong Feng; Wanjun Chen; Alan J. D. Tennyson; Graham M. Wragg: A new extinct species of Polynesian sandpiper (Charadriiformes: Scolopacidae: Prosobonia) from Henderson Island, Pitcairn Island Group, and the phylogenetic relationships of Prosobonia. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 20: 1-26. 2020

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edited: 08.11.2020