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Anas melleri (Meller's Duck)

Wikipedia Abstract

Meller's duck (Anas melleri) is a species of the dabbling duck genus Anas. It is endemic to eastern Madagascar. Although a population was established on Mauritius in the mid-18th century, this is on the verge of extinction due to habitat loss and competition by feral domestic ducks. The species name of this species is after the botanist Charles James Meller, and its generic name is from the Ancient Greek for a duck.
View Wikipedia Record: Anas melleri

Endangered Species

Status: Endangered
View IUCN Record: Anas melleri

EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 1.4844
EDGE Score: 2.98947


Adult Weight [1]  2.12 lbs (960 g)
Birth Weight [2]  45 grams
Female Weight [1]  2.01 lbs (911 g)
Male Weight [1]  2.23 lbs (1.01 kg)
Weight Dimorphism [1]  10.9 %
Diet [3]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Granivore, Herbivore
Diet - Invertibrates [3]  20 %
Diet - Plants [3]  50 %
Diet - Seeds [3]  30 %
Forages - Ground [3]  20 %
Forages - Water Surface [3]  80 %
Clutch Size [5]  7
Incubation [4]  28 days


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Madagascar lowland forests Madagascar Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Madagascar mangroves Madagascar Afrotropic Mangroves
Madagascar subhumid forests Madagascar Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Mantadia National Park II 38395 Madagascar
Ranomafana National Park II 100646 Madagascar  
Réserve Naturelle Intégrale d'Andringitra National Park II 76961 Madagascar

Important Bird Areas

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Name Location  IBA Criteria   Website   Climate   Land Use 
Andringitra National Park Madagascar A1, A2, A3
Ankaizina Wetlands Madagascar A1, A2, A3
Bezavona Classified Forest Madagascar A1, A2, A3
Kalambatritra Special Reserve Madagascar A1, A2, A3
Lake Alaotra Madagascar A1, A2, A3, A4i
Lake Itasy Madagascar A1, A2, A3
Mahavavy Kinkony Wetland Madagascar A1, A2, A3, A4i
North Pangalanes wetlands Madagascar A1, A3, A4i
Ranomafana National Park Madagascar A1, A2, A3
Relict forests of central plateau Mauritius A1, A2  
Torotorofotsy Wetlands Madagascar A1, A2, A3
Vondrozo Classified Forest and surrounding areas Madagascar A1, A2, A3

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Madagascar and the Indian Ocean Islands Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles Yes

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Beale Park
Blackbrook Zoological Park
Bristol Zoo Gardens
Cologne Zoo
Curraghs Wildlife Park
Dudley Zoological Gardens
Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
Edinburgh Zoo-Scottish National Zoo
Isle of Wight Zoo
London Wetland Centre (W&WT)
Louisville Zoological Garden
Paignton Zoo Environmental Park
Parc Merveilleux
Parc Zoologique De Cleres (MNHN)
Safaripark Beekse Bergen
Slimbridge New Grounds W&WTrust
Valencia Bioparc, Rainforest S.A.
Washington Waterfowl Park W&WT
Wroclaw Zoo, LLC
Zoo de Fuengirola (Rain Forest SL)
Zoo Zürich
Zoologicka zahrada Ostrava
Zoologická a botanická zahrada Plzen

Range Map



Attributes / relations provided by
1Young, G. H. 1991. Sexual dimorphism in Meller's duck Anas melleri. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 111: 225-228
2Terje Lislevand, Jordi Figuerola, and Tamás Székely. 2007. Avian body sizes in relation to fecundity, mating system, display behavior, and resource sharing. Ecology 88:1605
3Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
4del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
5Jetz W, Sekercioglu CH, Böhning-Gaese K (2008) The Worldwide Variation in Avian Clutch Size across Species and Space PLoS Biol 6(12): e303. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060303
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