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Ecology and Extinction of the Mariana Mallard

James D. Reichel and Thomas O. Lemke
The Journal of Wildlife Management
Vol. 58, No. 2 (Apr., 1994), pp. 199-205
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Wildlife Society
DOI: 10.2307/3809380
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3809380
Page Count: 7
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Ecology and Extinction of the Mariana Mallard
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Abstract

Mariana mallards (Anas platyrhynchos oustaleti) were endemic to the western Pacific islands of Guam. Tinian, and Saipan. Surveys for this endangered subspecies that were conducted on Tinian, Saipan, and other islands in the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) from 1983 through 1989 show that the mallard no longer occurs there. Following extirpation of Mariana mallards on Guam in the 1960s, this island subspecies is now extinct. The major causes of extinction appear to be overhunting of small populations and habitat loss.

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