A new genus for the Lesser Moorhen Gallinula angulata Sundevall, 1850 (Aves, Rallidae)

  • George Sangster Department of Bioinformatics and Genetics, Swedish Museum of Natural History, P.O. Box 50007, SE–104 05 Stockholm
  • Juan Carlos Garcia-R Hopkirk Institute, Massey University, Private Bag 11-222, Palmerston North,
  • Steve A. Trewick Phoenix Lab, Ecology Group, Institute of Agriculture and Environment, Massey University, Private Bag 11-222, Palmerston North
Keywords: Gallinules, morphology, nomenclature, Paragallinula gen. nov., phylogenetics


Molecular phylogenetic analysis has demonstrated that the genus Gallinula is not monophyletic and comprises four major lineages. A review of the nomenclature of Gallinula shows that generic names are available for three lineages but that a fourth is as yet unnamed. A new monotypic genus, Paragallinula gen. nov., is described for Lesser Moorhen (Gallinula angulata Sundevall, 1850).


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How to Cite
Sangster, G., Garcia-R, J. C., & Trewick, S. A. (2015). A new genus for the Lesser Moorhen Gallinula angulata Sundevall, 1850 (Aves, Rallidae). European Journal of Taxonomy, (153). https://doi.org/10.5852/ejt.2015.153