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Australotadorna alecwilsoni is an extinct genus and species of bird, in the shelduck subfamily of the duck family, from the Late Oligocene of central Australia. The genus name comes from the Latin australis (“southern” or, derivatively, “Australian”) and Tadorna (a genus of shelducks). The specific epithet honours Alec Wilson, pastoral lease holder of Frome Downs Station, who supported palaeontological access to, and investigation of, fossil sites on his property. The type locality is Lake Pinpa in the Lake Eyre Basin of north-eastern South Australia.[1]

Australotadorna alecwilsoni
Temporal range: Late Oligocene, 26–24 Ma
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Genus: Australotadorna
Worthy, 2009
A. alecwilsoni
Binomial name
Australotadorna alecwilsoni
Worthy, 2009


  1. ^ Worthy, Trevor H. (2009). "Descriptions and phylogenetic relationships of two new genera and four new species of Oligo-Miocene waterfowl (Aves: Anatidae) from Australia". Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 156 (2): 411–454. doi:10.1111/j.1096-3642.2008.00483.x.