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Autochthonous Hawai'i

Moa nalo and 'ēkaha original

Moa nalo and 'ēkaha original

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Original 6"x8" illustration of the Kaua'i moa nalo (Chelychelynechen quassus).

This bird went extinct following human arrival to Hawai'i, potentially due to predation by rats. Moa nalo were a group of giant flightless ducks endemic to Hawai'i, and analysis of coprolites suggests these birds fed on ferns and other foliage. There are no pictures of these birds since they went extinct many hundreds of years ago; this picture is a hypothetical reconstruction based off of subfossil remains and this group's closest relatives, the dabbling ducks.

'Ēkaha (Asplenium nidus) is an indigenous fern that can grow to be several feet in diameter. They can grow epiphytically (on other plants, usually trees) and terrestrially.

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