(Jacanidae; Ϯ African Jaçana A. africanus) Gr. ακτη aktē, ακτης aktēs  coastal strand, beach; φιλεω phileō  to love; ορνις ornis, ορνιθος ornithos  bird; "Dr. Charles W. Richmond has kindly called my attention to the fact that the generic name Actophilus is untenable. This generic term was proposed (Oberholser, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Phila., June 2, 1899, p. 202) to replace Phyllopezus Sharpe, preoccupied, for a genus of African Jacanidae. It is, however, invalidated by Actophilus Agassiz (Index Universalis, 1846, p. 7) an emendation of Actephelus Stephens (Coleoptera). It may be replaced by Actophilornis (ακτη, beach; φιλεω, I love; ορνις, bird); and Parra africana Gmelin is designated as the type." (Oberholser 1925).
Synon. Actophilus, Phyllopezus.

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Jobling, J. A. (2019). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2019). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 19 January 2019).