AECHMOPHORUS

(Podicipedidae; Ϯ Western Grebe A. occidentalis) Gr. αιχμοφορος aikhmophoros  spearman  < αιχμη aikhmē  spear; φερω pherō  to carry; "ÆCHMOPHORUS Coues.  N.G.   Gen. Char. Bill very long, exceeding the head, straight or very slightly recurved, slender, attenuated towards the tip, which is very acute. Culmen straight or slightly concave. Commissure about straight. Gonys convex throughout its whole length, the angle scarcely appreciable.  ...Type. Podiceps occidentalis, Lawr." (Coues 1862); "Gr. αιχμη, a spear, and φορος, bearing; in allusion to the long, slender, sharp bill" (Coues 1882) (pace Gotch 1981, “reference to the tarsal bones of the foot which are narrow and shaped like a blade”).
Var. Aichmophorus.

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Jobling, J. A. (2018). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2018). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from www.hbw.com on 22 April 2018).