Journal of Ornithology

, Volume 154, Issue 3, pp 875–878 | Cite as

The presence of Harlequin duck Histrionicus histrionicus (Linnaeus 1758) in the Middle Pleistocene of Italy

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Abstract

A nearly complete coracoid of Harlequin Duck Histrionicus histrionicus (Linnaeus 1758) is described from the Middle Pleistocene of Casal Selce (Rome, Central Italy). The fossil specimen is very well preserved and its morphology and dimensions are perfectly compatible with those of modern Harlequin Duck, and differ from other candidate diving ducks. This record represents the first European fossil of this species, previously recorded as fossil only in North America, and one of the few European documented records of wild-origin bird outside Iceland, where the species is sedentary.

Keywords

Paleontology Anatidae Histrionicus histrionicus Italy Pleistocene 

Zusammenfassung

Das Auftreten der KragenenteHistrionicus histrionicus(Linnaeus 1758) im Mittelpleistozän Italiens

Wir beschreiben hier ein fast komplettes Rabenschnabelbein der Kragenente Histrionicus histrionicus (Linnaeus 1758) aus dem Mittelpleistozän von Casal Selce (Rom, Mittelitalien). Das Fossil ist sehr gut erhalten, und seine Morphologie und Dimensionen stimmen perfekt mit denen rezenter Kragenenten überein und unterscheiden sich von anderen Tauchenten. Dieser Fund repräsentiert das erste europäische Fossil dieser Entenart, die zuvor lediglich in Nordamerika als Fossil gefunden worden war, und ist außerdem einer von nur wenigen dokumentierten europäischen Funden wildlebender Kragenenten außerhalb Islands, wo diese Art ansässig ist.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Museo di Geologia e Paleontologia, Dipartimento di Scienze della TerraTurinItaly

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