Morus avitus Wetmore 1938 (gannet)

Aves - Suliformes - Sulidae

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

See also Olson 1985 and Wetmore 1938

Sister taxa: Moris reyana, Morus atlanticus, Morus bassanus, Morus capensis, Morus humeralis, Morus lompocanus, Morus loxostylus, Morus magnus, Morus peninsularis, Morus peruvianus, 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

Distribution:

• Pliocene of United States (1: North Carolina collection)

• Miocene of United States (1: Maryland)

Total: 2 collections each including a single occurrence

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