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Mandible (Jawbone ) of the Crab Plover Dromas ardeola (MCZ 342991)

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Phylogenic Position
Aves - Neognathae - Charadriiformes - Dromadidae - Dromas - Dromas ardeola
Species Description
The Crab Plover, Dromas ardeola, is the only member of the genus Dromas and is unique among waders, as it makes use of the warmth from the ground to incubate eggs. It is typically 16 inches in length, has very long grey legs, and a strong heavy black bill. The Crab Plover lives on rocky or sandy seashore. This species feeds by running and making sudden jabs to catch prey on the ground. The Crab Plover eats crabs, and cracks the shell of the crab with its forceful bill. Nests are tightly clustered in colonies on dunes or sandy islands. This species distributes over a wide range from the Coastline of Indian Ocean, to the Red Sea, to the Persian Gulf. This is the only shorebird that nests in a burrow.
Specimen Information
Species Dromas ardeola (Crab Plover)
Element Mandible (Jawbone )
Specimen Number MCZ 342991
Location Zanzibar
Geological Age Recent
Technical Information
Scanner Konica Minolta Range7
Resolution 40 ┬Ám
Number of Data Points 253281
Number of Data Polygons 126653
Date Scanned June 21, 2011
Scan Technician Andy Biedlingmaier
Edited By Ariana Masi

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Other Dromas ardeola (Crab Plover) Elements
Specimen Element
MCZ 342991 Left Tarsometatarsus (Left Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)
MCZ 342991 Left Humerus (Left Upper Arm Bone)
MCZ 342991 Right Humerus (Right Upper Arm Bone)
MCZ 342991 Left Tibiotarsus (Middle Leg Bone, Left)
MCZ 342991 Left Femur (Left Upper Leg Bone)
MCZ 342991 Right Tibiotarsus and Fibula (Right Middle Leg Bones)
MCZ 342991 Furcula (Wishbone)
MCZ 342991 Sternum (Breast Bone)
MCZ 342991 Right Femur (Right Femur)
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