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Ascension Crake Mundia elpenor



Justification

Justification of Red List Category
This species was known from Ascension Island, St Helena, but is now Extinct. The only record of the species comes from 1656 and it is thought to have succumbed to predation by introduced rats and cats.

Population justification
No extant population remains.

Distribution and population

Mundia elpenor was endemic to Ascension Island (to UK) from where it is known from numerous bones (Ashmole 1963), and Mundy's description and sketch from 1656. Its extinction was probably caused by the introduction of rats to the island in the 18th century, although it may have survived until the introduction of cats in 1815 (Olson 1973).

Ecology

It presumably lived in the near-desert interior of the island, feeding primarily on Sooty Tern Sterna fuscata eggs (Olson 1973).

Threats

Its extinction was probably caused by the introduction of rats and cats (Olson 1973).

Acknowledgements

Text account compilers
Brooks, T., Khwaja, N., Mahood, S.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Species factsheet: Mundia elpenor. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/05/2019. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2019) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/05/2019.