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Reunion Rail Dryolimnas augusti



Justification

Justification of Red List Category
This recently-described, probably flightless rail was likely driven Extinct in the late 17th century as a result of hunting pressure and predation by introduced rats and cats.

Population justification
No extant population remains.

Distribution and population

Dryolimnas augusti was described from fossils from Réunion (to France) and thought to correspond to a rail species mentioned by Dubois in 1674 (per Mourer-Chauviré et al. 1999) as 'Râle des Bois'; there are no subsequent reports or birds likely to relate to this species, and its extinction may well have taken place in the late 17th century (Mourer-Chauviré et al. 1999).

Ecology

Little is known, but it is likely to have been flightless (Hume and Walters 2012).

Threats

Presumably driven extinct by over-hunting, and predation by introduced rats and cats (Hume and Walters 2012).

Acknowledgements

Text account compilers
Symes, A. & Taylor, J.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Species factsheet: Dryolimnas augusti. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 16/10/2021. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2021) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 16/10/2021.