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- Rando, Juan Carlos, Alcover, Josep Antoni, Olson, Storrs L., Pieper, Harald (2013): A new species of extinct scops owl (Aves: Strigiformes: Strigidae: Otus) from São Miguel Island (Azores Archipelago, North Atlantic Ocean). Zootaxa 3647 (2): 343-357, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3647.2.6
- Otus frutuosoi
Diagnosis: A small species of Otus with forelimb elements (humerus, ulna and carpometacarpus) shorter than those of O. scops, but with the femur, tibiotarsus and especially tarsometatarsus longer. The pelvis is shorter and broader than in Otus scops. The premaxilla is less robust than in Otus scops, with its tip less directed downward than in that species, giving a less pointed appearance in lateral view (Figure 2). The new species differs from the extinct O. mauli in the significantly smaller size of all its bones (excepting the scapula and tarsometatarsus), especially the ulna and tibiotarsus (Table 1; Figures 3 & 4).
Etymology: The species name honours Gaspar Frutuoso (b. 1522 Ponta Delgada – d. 1591 Ribeira Grande), an early historian and chronicler of Macaronesia, who in the last years of his life wrote the huge work As Sáudades da Terra, in six volumes (not published until 1867). He is considered to be the first great historian of the Portuguese Atlantic islands. Frutuoso provided detailed ornithological information, including a list of the birds of São Miguel (Knecht & Scheer 1972). Paratypes: MCMa 1780.02, complete left tarsometatarsus, proximal part slightly encrusted; IMEDEA 94638, nearly complete right tarsometatarsus, with the trochlea metatarsi II broken; MCMa 1781.012, complete right femur; MCMa 1782.012, complete right femur; MCMa 1783.012, complete left femur; DZUL 3057, left femur broken at the shaft, glued; MCMa 1784.012, left tibiotarsus, distal part slightly broken; MCMa 1785.012, right tibiotarsus, distal part slightly broken; MCMa 1786.012, nearly complete left tibiotarsus, with the condylus lateralis slightly eroded; MCMa 1787.012, complete right humerus, slightly encrusted; MCMa 1788.012, complete left humerus, slightly encrusted; MCMa 1789.012, nearly complete left humerus, slightly encrusted, with some damage to the deltoid crest; MCMa 1790.012, complete left humerus, slightly encrusted; MCMa 1791.012, complete right ulna; MCMa 1792.012, complete left ulna; IMEDEA 94639, complete left ulna, slightly encrusted; MCMa 1793.012, complete left ulna; MCMa 1794.012, proximal two thirds of left radius with the arcus origo musculi extensor longus digiti majoris broken; MCMa 1795.012, complete right coracoid; MCMa 1796.012, complete right carpometacarpus; MCMa 1797.012, complete right carpometacarpus; MCMa 1798.012, complete left carpometacarpus; DZUL 3058, complete left carpometacarpus; MCMa 1799.012; nearly complete ossa cinguli membri pelvis (synsacrum + pelvis), with both scapus pubis broken; MCMa 1800.012, damaged associated skeleton, partially encrusted, including premaxilla, skull fragments, jaw fragments, a nearly complete right humerus, slightly broken at its distal end, two distal ends of ulnae, two fragmented radii, two scapulae, a fragmented right coracoid, two complete femora, two proximal ends of tibiotarsi, a fragmented right tarsometatarsus, some fragments of pelvis, three vertebrae, and some ribs.
Holotype: MCMa 1779.012, complete right tarsometatarsus. Type locality: Gruta de Água de Pau (São Miguel Island, Azores Archipelago). All the material was collected on 28. VIII. 2011 by J. C. R and J. A. A. Horizon: Holocene. 1970 ± 40 BP (49 cal BC – 125 cal AD) is the 14 C age of the dated sample (lab code: KIA – 47427).
Other material belonging to O. frutuosoi: Five fragmentary bones (three femora, one tibiotarsus, one humerus), used to obtain a 14 C AMS date. Suggested English name: São Miguel Scops Owl.
- Otus frutuosoi