Blue duck

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Blue duck
Blue duck at Staglands, Akatarawa Valley
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Genus: Hymenolaimus
G.R. Gray, 1843
H. malacorhynchos
Binomial name
Hymenolaimus malacorhynchos
(Gmelin, 1789)

Hymenolaimus malacorhynchus ssp. malacorhynchus (Gmelin, 1789) – Collar et al. (1994)

The blue duck or whio (Hymenolaimus malacorhynchos) is a member of the duck, goose and swan family Anatidae . It is endemic to New Zealand. It is the only member of the genus Hymenolaimus.

It appears to be most closely related to the tribe Anatini, the dabbling ducks, but its exact taxonomy is unknown.

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  1. "Hymenolaimus malacorhynchos". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T22680121A92844858. 2016. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22680121A92844858.en. {{cite journal}}: Cite uses deprecated parameter |authors= (help)