ALCA

(Alcidae; Ϯ Razorbill A. torda) Old Norse names Alk and Alka for the Razorbill (giving rise to modern Icelandic Álka and Norwegian Alke) (Björn Bergenholtz in litt.);"Alca L. (torda: sp. typica, nomine "alk" isl.*), a Patribus mature, a Linneo in S. N. VI, 1748, adoptato  ...  *)Nomen Alca derivatione quidem barbarum, forma vero gratum, usu antiquo et frequenti" (Sundevall 1873); "63. ALCA.  Rostrum edentulum, breve, compressum, convexum, sulcatum sæpius transverse: Mandibula inferior ante basin gibba.  Pedes plerisque tridactyli." (Linnaeus 1758); "Alca Linné, Syst. Nat., ed. 10. 1, 1758, p. 130. Type, by tautonymy, Alca torda Linné (Alca, prebinomial specific name in synonymy)." (Peters 1934, II, 351) (see torda). Linnaeus's Alca comprised six species (A. Torda, A. impennis, A. arctica, A. Lomvia, A. Grylle, A. Alle).
Var. Alka, AliaAlea.
Synon. Pingouin, Torda, Utamania.

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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 11 December 2018).