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Left Tarsometatarsus (Left Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones) of a Eudyptes crestatus (Western Rockhopper Penguin)


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Species Description
The Western Rockhopper Penguin (Eudyptes crestatus) is native to the subantarctic waters off the coast of South America and at the edges of the Pacific and Indian oceans. It is the smallest species of penguins in its genus and grows to two feet long and weighs between five and seven pounds. Rockhopper penguins, instead of sliding on their bellies like other penguins, hop over rocks and crests to travel, and that is where they get their common name. Rockhoppers lay 2 eggs during the breeding season, but only one egg is incubated and supported. Rockhoppers are very popular birds and attract a lot of attention from zoo tourists. Many tourists travel to the Rockhopper breeding grounds to observe their behavior.
Skeletal Elements Available

Left Tarsometatarsus (Left Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)

Sternum (Breast Bone)

Right Tarsometatarsus (Right Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)

Right Humerus (Right Upper Arm Bone)

Furcula (Wishbone)

Left Humerus (Left Upper Arm Bone)
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