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Brachypteracias langrandi Goodman

Ampoza Ground Roller (Brachypteracias langrandi)

The Ampoza Ground Roller was described in 2000 on the basis of a single subfossil humerus that had already been discovered in 1929 at Ampoza in central south-western Madagascar.

The locality lies within the dry deciduous forest region and is obviously not inhabited by any species of the Brachypteraciidae family, which, except for one species, prefer humid forests and rainforests.

The species disappeared sometimes after the coloniuation by human settlers due to human-induced climate changes that led to the desertification of many of Madagascar’s regions.

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The depiction below shows the sole still living member of the genus, the Short-legged Ground Roller (Brachypteracias leptosomus (Lesson)).

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Short-legged Ground Roller (Brachypteracias leptosomus)

Depiction from: ‘Alfred Grandidier: Histoire Physique, Naturelle et Politique de Madagascar. Paris: à l’Imprimerie Nationale 1836-1921’

(public domain)

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References:

[1] Steven M. Goodman: A description of a new species of Brachypteracias (Family Brachypteraciidae) from the Holocene of Madagascar. Ostrich. 71(1-2): 318-322. 2000

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edited: 28.02.2024