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  • The solitaire, Didus solitarius of Gmelin, referred by Strickland to a district genus Pezophaps, is supposed to have lingered in the 3 E. Newton and H. Gadow, Trans.

    Dodo in 1911

  • – Skeleton of a male Solitaire, Pezophaps solitarius, Museum of Zoology, Cambridge.

    Dodo in 1911

  • It was originally called the “solitaire,” but this name was also applied to Pezophaps solitarius of Rodriguez by the Huguenot exile Leguat, who described and figured it about 1691.

    Dodo in 1911

  • Extinct species include the famous dodo (Raphus cucullatus), which disappeared from Mauritius in the 1600s after the island was colonized by humans, as well as the Réunion solitaire (Pezophaps solitaria) which became extinct in the 1760s.

    Biological diversity in Madagascar and the Indian Ocean Islands

  • The other Mascarenes, Réunion and Rodrigues, each harbored a large, flightless species of solitaire Ornithaptera solitaria on Réunion, Pezophaps solitaria on Rodrigues that, like the dodo, had pigeon affinities.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • These extinctions include the dodo (Raphus cucullatus) of Mauritius, Rodrigues solitaire (Pezophaps solitaria), Rodgrigues parakeet (Psittacula excul), Mascarene parrot (Mascarinus mascarinus), Réunion starling (Fregilupus varius), and the Mauritius blue-pigeon (Alectroenas nitidissima).

    Mascarene forests

  • “An Ecomorphological Review of the Dodo (Raphus cucullatus) and Solitaire (Pezophaps solitaria), Flightless Columbiformes of the Mascarene Islands.”

    The Song of The Dodo

  • The image used to illustrated is the Solitaire of Rodriguez (Pezophaps solitarius), from Leguat’s figure, and that’s the reason:

    Dodo in 1911


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