Morphoecological Peculiarities of Pelvis in Several Genera of Rails with Some Notes on Systematic Position of the Coot, Fulica atra (Rallidae, Gruiformes)

Bogdanovich, I. A.



Some features of pelvic and hindlimb morphology of several ecologically diff erent species of rallids are studied. Adaptive signifi cances of these features are revealed. A special attention is paid to the hindlimb skeleton of the Coot (Fulica atra, Linnaeus, 1758), which retained the locomotor universalism despite adaptations to swimming and diving.