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Peculiarities of definitive contour feather fine structure of Owls (Strigiformes)

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Results on the scanning of electron microscope’s comparative investigation of the Owls (Strigiformes) definitive contour feathers fine structure are reported. 7 Owls species were under this investigation: Nyctea scandiaca, Asio otus, Otus sunia, Aegolius funereus, Athene noctua, Strux aluco, S. uralensis. It is concluded that Owls on a level with traditional contour feathers fine structure compartments have several specific contour feathers microstructural patterns have the taxonomic importance.

Keywords

microstructurе; definitive contour feathers; Owls.

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831-834

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Received

2012.09.12

Section of issue

Evolution of live essence of biosphere

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