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NEW RECORDS OF STORKS (CICONIIDAE) FROM QUATERNARY ASPHALT DEPOSITS IN CUBA

[ "Division of Birds, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20560"]
The Condor (Impact Factor: 1.35). 01/2009; DOI: 10.1650/0010-5422(2003)105[150:NROSCF]2.0.CO;2

ABSTRACT Storks were previously known in Cuba only from the living Wood Stork (Mycteria americana) and two bones of the extinct species Ciconia maltha from Cienfuegos Province. Newly explored Quaternary tar seep deposits in Matanzas Province have yielded fossils of M. americana, the extinct wood stork M. wetmorei, and an unidentified species of Ciconia smaller than C. maltha. These specimens provide the first verifiable fossil record of M. americana anywhere, the first of M. wetmorei outside of Florida and California, and the first instance of these two species occurring sympatrically. Nuevos Registros de Cigüeñas (Ciconiidae) en Depósitos Cuaternarios de Asfalto en Cuba Resumen. Las cigüeñas eran conocidas en Cuba solo por la cayama viviente, Mycteria americana, y por dos huesos de la especie extinta Ciconia maltha, procedentes de la Provincia de Cienfuegos. La exploración de depósitos cuaternarios de asfalto en la Provincia de Matanzas, aportó fósiles de la cigüeña extinta Mycteria wetmorei, de M. americana, y de una especie no identificada de Ciconia, menor que C. maltha. Estos fósiles suministran el primer registro confiable de M. americana, y el primero de M. wetmorei fuera de Florida y California, junto con la primera evidencia de estas dos especies viviendo en simpatría.

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    • "The present record of Amplibuteo woodwardi from Cuba opens the possibility that remains of this taxon can be elsewhere in the West Indies. Together with Ciconia maltha and Mycteria wetmorei (Suárez and Olson 2003), Amplibuteo woodwardi represents another element in the extinct avifauna of Cuba that is shared with the fossil record of Florida and western United States. "
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    ABSTRACT: One partial skeleton recorded as Amplibuteo sp., from a Quaternary cave deposit at Cueva de Sandoval, La Habana, Cuba, is identified as Amplibuteo woodwardi (L. Miller), previously known from North America (California and Florida). This is the first record of this species in the West Indies. It is the fourth large, extinct, buteonine hawk known at the specific level in the Antillean Subregion. The occurrence of this taxon in Cuba is probably the result of invasion from Florida during the late Pleistocene.
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    • "base de los siguientes caracteres: 1, tarsometatarso grácil y estrechado transversalmente por sobre las trócleas distales; 2, diáfisis metatarsal bien comprimida anteroposteriormente por sobre las trócleas distales; 3, rebordes trocleares de la tróclea III redondeados; 4, reborde distal de faceta metatarsal I poco pronunciado; 5, tróclea I, en vista distal, bien estrechada posteriormente; 6, trócleas distales formando una " U " invertida más pronunciada que en los Mycteriini (miller, 1932; howArd, 1942; olson, 1991; noriegA, 1994; suárez & olson, 2003; boles, 2005). Dentro de Ciconia, C. lydekkeri es considerada como una especie válida debido a la presencia de la siguiente combinación única de caracteres (basada en el material holotípico BMNH 18879, BMNH 18878 y en MACN Pv 584): 1, mayor tamaño que el resto de las especies de "
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    ABSTRACT: In the present note new materials referable to the living species C. lydekkeri are described and reviewed. The extinct species C. maltha is here considered as junior synonym of C. lydekkeri and the latter is reported for the first time in the Pleistocene of Argentina. Moreover, all fossil records of the genus Ciconia in the Pleistocene of South America are briefly analyzed. En el presente trabajo se comentan y revisan materiales referibles a la especie extinta Ciconia lydekkeri. La especie extinta C. maltha es considerada aquí como sinónimo júnior de C. lydekkeri y es citada por primera vez para Argentina. Asimismo se efectúa una breve revisión de todos los registros del género Ciconia en el Pleistoceno de Sudamérica.
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    ABSTRACT: An incomplete tarsometatarsus of a fossil Ciconiidae is here described. It comes from the Tarija Formation (Lower-Middle Pleistocene) of Bolivia. It is assigned to the large extinct species Ciconia maltha, recorded in the Mid-Late Pleistocene of North and Central America. The material here reported represents the fi rst fossil record for Ciconia maltha in South America, and the fi rst for the family Ciconiidae in Bolivia.
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