east sierras

Hartlaub’s Duck (Pteronetta hartlaubii)

…a unique species of duck, that is the sole member of the monotypic genus Pteronetta. Hartlaub’s Duck is a resident breeder in equatorial West and Central Africa, from Guinea and Sierra Leone east through Nigeria to South Sudan, and south to Gabon, Congo and Zaire. Hartlaub’s duck to be placed with the dabbling ducks, but recent analysis of mtDNA sequences of the cytochrome b and NADH  dehydrogenase subunit 2 genes, suggest that it belongs to a distinct clade (mabye even a subfamily) with the blue-winged goose. Hartlaub’s duck gets its species and common name in commemoration of the German naturalist Gustave Hartlaub. 

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Anseriformes-Anatidae-Pteronetta-P. hartlaubii

Image: DickDaniels