(syn. Charadrius Ϯ Kentish Plover C. alexandrinus) Gr. αιγιαλος aigialos beach, sea-shore; φιλος philos lover; "Genus ÆGIALOPHILUS, Gould. In accordance with the spirit of minute subdivision which now pervades all branches of natural science, I have for a long time considered that the small Plovers hitherto comprised in the genus Ægialites, of which the Æ. hiaticula is the type, required a further subdivision; I therefore propose the term above given for the Æ. cantianus of Europe, and to associate with it the Æ. ruficapillus of Australia. ... They have a different note, are very nimble of foot, and affect situations bordering the open sea" (Gould 1865); "Ægialophilus Gould, Handb. Bds. Austr., 2, 1865, p. 234. Type, by original designation, Æ. cantianus of Europe, i.e. Charadrius cantianus Latham = Charadrius alexandrinus Linné." (Peters 1934, II, 246).