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Monias sp. ‘Anjohibe’

Anjohibe Mesite (Monias sp.)

Today, the Subdesert Mesite (Monias benschi Oustalet & Grandidier) (see picture below) is the only member of its genus, it is restricted to a small lowland region in southwest Madagascar.

However, once there existed at least one additional species, this one is known from subfossil remains that were recovered from Holocene deposits from the Anjohibe Cave near the northwestern coast of Madagascar.

The species has not yet been described, and I personally have no further information about it. [1]



[1] Steven M. Goodman, William L. Jungers: Extinct Madagascar: Picturing the Island’s Past. The University of Chicago Press 2014


Subdesert Mesite (Monias benschi)

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

(public domain)


edited: 22.05.2019