PAREUDIASTES

‡ (Rallidae; Ϯ Samoan Moorhen P. pacificus) Gr. παρευδιαστης pareudiastēs  fair weather bird, unknown kind of waterbird which comes only in fine weather to land  < παρα para  during, beside; ευδια eudia  fair weather; "PAREUDIASTES*, gen. nov.  Char. gen.— Rostrum ut in genere Gallinula, sed ptilosi ab oculis fere ad nares usque producta: scutello frontali parvo, postice rotundato. Alæ brevissimæ, obtusæ, truncatæ, remigibus 3-6 æquali longitudine. Cauda brevissima, lacera, decomposita. Pedes minores quam in Gallinulis; digitus medius tarso brevior, externus interno paullo longior; unguibus multo magis curvatis quam in genere Gallinula.   11. PAREUDIASTES PACIFICUS, sp. nov.  ...  Native name Punæ.  ...  In its general appearance it much resembles Gallinula, but may be at once distinguished by the shortness of its wings, the shortness of its toes, and its nearly rudimentary tail.  ...  The eyes seem to be uncommonly large; and this, as well as the other peculiarities, gives some right to suspect that this remarkable form will exhibit also interesting peculiarities in respect of its habits  ...  * "Pareudiastes" (antiquorum) is a water-bird, which comes only in fine weather to land." (Hartlaub & Finsch 1871); "Pareudiastes Hartlaub and Finsch, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1871, p. 25. Type, by monotypy, Pareudiastes pacificus Hartlaub and Finsch." (Peters 1934, II, 206). The extinct, probably nocturnal and flightless Samoan Moorhen was found only on the island of Savaii, Samoa.
Synon. Edithornis.

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Jobling, J. A. (2019). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2019). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from www.hbw.com on 19 January 2019).