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Kairuku waitaki Ksepka et al. 2012 (penguin)

Reptilia - Sphenisciformes

PaleoDB taxon number: 227464

Full reference: D. T. Ksepka, R. E. Fordyce, T. Ando and C. M. Jones. 2012. New fossil penguins (AVes, Sphenisciformes) from the Oligocene of New Zealand reveal the skeletal plan of stem penguins. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 32(2):235-254

Belongs to Kairuku according to D. T. Ksepka et al. 2012

Sister taxon: Kairuku grebneffi

Type specimen: OU 12652, a partial skeleton. Its type locality is J40/f190 - Waihao River [Kokoamu Greensand], which is in a Chattian offshore shelf sandstone in the Kokoamu Greensand Formation of New Zealand.

Ecology: ground dwelling carnivore