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Sternum (Breast Bone) of the Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata (MCZ 347151)

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Phylogenic Position
Aves - Neognathae - Anseriformes - Anatidae - Melanitta - Melanitta perspicillata
Species Description
The Surf Scoter is a large sea duck, breeding on shallow lakes in the boreal forests of Canada and Alaska and wintering in shallow marine coastal waters along the northern United States. The male Surf Scoter is distinguished by its bulbous red, yellow and white bill, black body and white head patches; its patterned head gives the Surf Scoter its nickname, the “Skunk-Headed Coot”. Surf Scoters eat crustaceans and mollusks, which they catch by diving, sometimes as far as the sea/lake bottom. Surf Scoter ducklngs eat a variety of freshwater invertebrates that they must catch themselves, as parental care is limited to protection; because of this, accidental exchanges of young may occur in Surf Scoter flocks.
Specimen Information
Species Melanitta perspicillata (Surf Scoter)
Element Sternum (Breast Bone)
Specimen Number MCZ 347151
Geological Age Recent
Technical Information
Scanner Konica Minolta Range7
Resolution 100 µm
Number of Data Points 244048
Number of Data Polygons 122097
Date Scanned December 22, 2008
Scan Technician Michael Krzyzak
Edited By Michael Krzyzak

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