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A Specimen of Nuku pu'u (Aves: Drepanidini: Hemignathus lucidus) from the Island of Hawai'i

Pacific Science
BioOne (Pacific Science)
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A specimen of Nuku pu'u (Hemignathus lucidus Lichtenstein), collected by the U.S. Exploring Expedition in 1840 or 1841, is shown to have come from the island of Hawai'i. This is the first specimen evidence of the species for that island and the first evidence of probable sympatry of H. lucidus with the 'Akia pola'au (H. wilsoni Rothschild). Skull morphology provides additional evidence that these two species do not constitute a superspecies.

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