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Left Tarsometatarsus (Left Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones) of the Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus (MCZ 344091)

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Phylogenic Position
Aves - Neognathae - Procellariiformes - Procellariidae - Puffinus - Puffinus griseus
Species Description
The Sooty Shearwater is a small seabird, breeding on small islands of the south Pacific, mainly New Zealand, the Falklands, and Tierra del Fuego. Known as “titi” in Maori, its name comes from its shearing flight, dipping side to side on stiff wings with the wingtips almost touching the water. The Sooty Shearwater feeds on fish and squid, feeding mostly at the surface; its long bill has a hook tip and sharp blades to better handle slippery fish. It can also dive up to 70m deep for food, plunging into the water from the air and using its wing to propel itself in a dive. The Sooty Shearwater is an extreme long-distance migrant, making a clockwise loop around the Pacific (with sub-Arctic visits in June/July, returning to breed in the south around November); tagging experiments show that it can travel around 74,000km a year.
Specimen Information
Species Puffinus griseus (Sooty Shearwater)
Element Left Tarsometatarsus (Left Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)
Specimen Number MCZ 344091
Location La Jolla, California
Geological Age Recent
Technical Information
Scanner Roland Picza
Resolution 100 µm
Number of Data Points 358699
Number of Data Polygons 179386
Date Scanned November 19, 2011
Scan Technician Maggie Johnson
Edited By Maggie Johnson

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