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Miotadorna sanctibathansi is an extinct tadornine duck from the Miocene of New Zealand. It was described from fossil material (a right humerus) collected from the Saint Bathans Fauna, in the lower Bannockburn Formation of the Manuherikia Group, found by the Manuherikia River in the Central Otago region of the South Island. The genus name reflects the view of the describers that the bird is a Miocene shelduck similar to those in the genus Tadorna. The specific epithet refers to the fossil sites’ location in the vicinity of the historic gold mining town of Saint Bathans, of which it is a latinisation.[1]

Miotadorna sanctibathansi
Temporal range: Early Miocene 19–16 Ma
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Genus: Miotadorna
Worthy et al., 2007
Species:
M. sanctibathansi
Binomial name
Miotadorna sanctibathansi
Worthy et al., 2007

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Worthy TH, Tennyson AJ, Jones C, McNamara JA, Douglas BJ (2007). "Miocene waterfowl and other birds from central Otago, New Zealand" (PDF). Journal of Systematic Palaeontology. 5 (1): 1–39. doi:10.1017/S1477201906001957.