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A fossil vertebrate fauna accumulated by laughing owls ( Sceloglaux albifacies ) on the Gouland Downs, northwest Nelson, South Island

TitleA fossil vertebrate fauna accumulated by laughing owls ( Sceloglaux albifacies ) on the Gouland Downs, northwest Nelson, South Island
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsWorthy, TH
JournalNotornis
Volume48
Issue4
Pagination224-233
Type of Articlepaper
Keywordsfossil fauna, Gouland Downs, Laughing Owl, New Zealand, prey remains, Sceloglaux, taphonomy
Abstract

A rich fossil fauna accumulated by laughing owls (Sceloglaux albfacies) during the Holocene, is described from GDlOl Cave, on the Gouland Downs, northwest Nelson, South Island, New Zealand. Twenty-eight species of bird, a tuatara, 3 frogs, at least 4 geckos, 1 skink, 2 bats, and 2 fish contribute to the species diversity. The fauna includes the first inland fossil record of New Zealand dotterel (Charadrius obscurus). The taphonomy of the deposit and the diet of the owl are discussed.

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