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Morus avitus Wetmore 1938 (gannet)

Reptilia - Pelecaniformes - Sulidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 335027

Alternative combinations: Microsula avita, Sula (Microsula) avita

Full reference: A. Wetmore. 1938. A Miocene booby and other records from the Calvert Formation of Maryland. Proceedings of The United States National Museum 85:21-25

Belongs to Morus according to S. L. Olson and P. C. Rasmussen 2001

Sister taxa: Moris reyana, Morus atlanticus, Morus bassanus, Morus capensis, Morus humeralis, Morus lompocanus, Morus loxostylus, Morus magnus, Morus peninsularis, Morus peruvianus, Morus poolensis, Morus recentior, Morus reyanus, Morus serrator, Morus vagabundus

Type specimen: USNM 13854, a limb element (distal humerus). Its type locality is Plum Point, Zone 10, which is in a Langhian estuary/bay claystone in the Calvert Formation of Maryland.

Ecology: ground dwelling carnivore