Hybridisation in kiwi (Apteryx; Apterygidae) requires taxonomic revision for great spotted kiwi

Lara Shepherd, Alan Tennyson, Hugh Robertson, Rogan Colbourne & Kristina Ramstad
We review hybridisation in kiwi (Apteryx spp.) and present new genetic data examining the extent of hybridisation between rowi (A. rowi) and little spotted kiwi (A. owenii) at Okarito, the location of the only remaining natural population of the threatened rowi. We find evidence of recurrent hybridisation between these two species over the last 150 years, including one F1 hybrid found in the last 15 years, despite little spotted kiwi’s likely extinction on the mainland...
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