(Anhingidae; Ϯ Anhinga A. anhinga) Tupí name Anhinga  little head, for an evil spirit of the forests, the devil bird; "Le genre de l'Anhinga.  ... Tous les Oiseaux de ce genre ont sur les bords du bec une dentelure fine & peu apparente. L'ongle du doigt du milieu des trois antérieurs est dentelé intérieurement comme une scie" (Brisson 1760): based on “Anhinga” of Marcgrave 1648, Jonston 1650, Willughby 1676, and Ray 1713, "Mergus longirostris" of Barrère 1741, "Mergus Americanus" of Barrère 1745, "Plancus Brasiliensis" of Klein 1750, and "Ptinx" of Moehring 1752; "Anhinga Brisson, Orn., 1, 1760, p. 60; 6, 1760, p. 476. Type, by tautonymy and monotypy, Anhinga [anhinga] Brisson = Plotus anhinga Linné." (Peters 1931, 1, 94).
Synon. LiptornisNotoplotus, Plotus, Ptynx.

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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 16 January 2019).