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New Zealand Geese
Skeleton of Cnemiornis calcitrans
Conservation status
Extinct (c 1400?)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Subfamily: Anserinae
Genus: Cnemiornis
  • Cnemiornis gracilis
  • Cnemiornis calcitrans

The New Zealand Geese formed the extinct genus Cnemiornis of the family Anatidae, subfamily Anserinae.

The genus, endemic to New Zealand, consisted of two species: the North Island Goose, C. gracilis and the South Island Goose C. calcitrans. They were flightless with much-reduced webbing on the feet, an adaptation for terrestrial dwelling similar to that of the nene of Hawaii. They were never particularly common, and like many other large New Zealand endemic species they were subject to hunting pressures from the settling Polynesians, as well as predation upon their eggs and hatchlings were by kiore (which accompanied the settlers) and the settlers' dogs, and were extinct before the arrival of European settlers.

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Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Aves
Subclassis: Carinatae
Infraclassis: Neornithes
Parvclassis: Neognathae
Ordo: Anseriformes
Familia: Anatidae
Subfamilia: Anserinae
Genus: †Cnemiornis
Species: †C. calcitrans - †C. gracilis


Cnemiornis Owen, 1865

Vernacular names

English: New Zealand Geese


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