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Aves - Neognathae - Charadriiformes - Sternidae - Thalasseus maximus

Sternum (Breast Bone) of a Thalasseus maximus (Royal Tern)


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Species Description
The Royal Tern is comprised of two subspecies, one of which is found along the southern Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the United States into Mexico and the Caribbean and the other is found along Africa's west coast. This is the second largest Tern species in the world, and is distinguished by its yellow bill and black head (which fades during the winter). A seabird, the Royal Tern dives for fish and males will offer their catch to potential mates.
Skeletal Elements Available

Sternum (Breast Bone)

Right Humerus (Right Upper Arm Bone)

Left Humerus (Left Upper Arm Bone)

Left Tibiotarsus and Fibula (Left Middle Leg Bones)

Left Tarsometatarsus (Left Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)

Left Femur (Left Upper Leg Bone)

Right Femur (Right Femur)

Sternum (Breast Bone)

Left Femur (Left Upper Leg Bone)

Right Femur (Right Femur)

Right Humerus (Right Upper Arm Bone)

Right Ulna (Lower Arm Bone )

Left Ulna (Lower Arm Bone )

Left Radius (Lower Arm Bone)

Right Radius (Lower Arm Bone )

Right Tibiotarsus and Fibula (Right Middle Leg Bones)

Right Tarsometatarsus (Right Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)

Left Tibiotarsus and Fibula (Left Middle Leg Bones)

Left Tarsometatarsus (Left Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)

Furcula (Wishbone)

Articulated Cranium and Mandible (Attached Skull and Jaw)
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