Abstract

Only a single species of stork, the Black-necked Stork Ephippiorhynchus (= Xenorhynchus) asiaticus, occurs in Australia today, and is known from several fossil localities from the Early Pliocene. Two species of smaller fossil storks are also known, one previously named and one described here. The former, found in the Darling Downs, southeastern Queensland, was named Xenorhynchus nanus De Vis, 1888. Some later authors suggested that this species should be transferred to the living genus Ciconia; this decision is confirmed here, the name for this species becoming Ciconia nana. The second species of small stork comes from several Late Oligocene and Early Miocene sites at Riversleigh, northwestern Queensland. This taxon is referred to the genus Ciconia and distinguished as a new species, C. louisebolesae. It constitutes the earliest record of the Ciconiidae from Australia.

 
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Boles, 2005, Rec. Aust. Mus. 57(2): 165–178
Author
Walter E. Boles
Year
2005
Title
A review of the Australian fossil storks of the genus Ciconia (Aves: Ciconiidae), with the description of a new species
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume
57
Issue
2
Start Page
165
End Page
178
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1975.57.2005.1440
Language
English
Date Published
08 June 2005
Cover Date
08 June 2005
ISSN
0067-1975
CODEN
RAUMAJ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
AVES; FOSSIL
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08 June 2005
Available Online
08 June 2005
Reference Number
1440
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