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New Records of Storks (Ciconiidae) from Quaternary Asphalt Deposits in Cuba

William Suárez and Storrs L. Olson
The Condor
Vol. 105, No. 1 (Feb., 2003), pp. 150-154
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1370615
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New Records of Storks (Ciconiidae) from Quaternary Asphalt Deposits in Cuba
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Abstract

Storks were previously known in Cuba only from the living Wood Stork (Mycteria americana) and two bones of the extinct species Ciconia maltha from Cienfuegos Province. Newly explored Quaternary tar seep deposits in Matanzas Province have yielded fossils of M. americana, the extinct wood stork M. wetmorei, and an unidentified species of Ciconia smaller than C. maltha. These specimens provide the first verifiable fossil record of M. americana anywhere, the first of M. wetmorei outside of Florida and California, and the first instance of these two species occurring sympatrically. /// Las cigüeñas eran conocidas en Cuba solo por la cayama viviente, Mycteria americana, y por dos huesos de la especie extinta Ciconia maltha, procedentes de la Provincia de Cienfuegos. La exploración de depósitos cuaternarios de asfalto en la Provincia de Matanzas, aportó fósiles de la cigüeña extinta Mycteria wetmorei, de M. americana, y de una especie no identificada de Ciconia, menor que C. maltha. Estos fósiles suministran el primer registro confiable de M. americana, y el primero de M. wetmorei fuera de Florida y California, junto con la primera evidencia de estas dos especies viviendo en simpatría.

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