ANSERANAS

(Anseranatidae; Ϯ Magpie Goose A. semipalmata) Portmanteau of genera Anser Brisson 1760, goose, and Anas Linnaeus, 1758, duck. "This seems to be a species not hitherto described; it is nearly of the size of the wild Goose  ...  the legs are red, and the toes only webbed half-way from the base  ...  It is peculiar in that the windpipe forms several beautiful circumvolutions on the breast, under the skin, before it enters the thorax: its note is said to be tuneful and melodious; and it was observed sometimes to perch on trees, in the manner of the Whistling Duck" (Latham 1798); "XIIe Sous·Genre. CANAROIE, anseranas.  Taille et aspect général d'une oie; bec des canards proprement dits; tarses longs, et doigts presque à demi séparés ou seulement unis à leur base par une membrane peu étendue.  M. Cuvier a publié, dans le tome XIV des Mémoires du Muséum, p. 345, un travail descriptif très complet, sur l'espèce qui doit servir de type à cette division. Ce savant la décrit ainsi:  Le CANARD PIE A PIEDS DEMI-PALMÉS, de la Nouvelle-Hollande (anas melanoleuca, Lath., Cuv. (Mém. du Mus., 7e année, XIe cahier, p. 345, pl. 19)." (Lesson 1828); "Anseranas Lesson, Man. d'Orn., 2, 1828, p. 418. Type, by monotypy, Anas melanoleuca Latham = Anas semipalmata Latham." (Peters 1931, 1, 144). The aberrant and primitive Magpie Goose is now considered to form a link between the screamers Anhimidae and the wildfowl Anatidae.
Var. Anseranos, Anseranus.
Synon. Chenogeranus, Choristopus.

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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 www.hbw.com on 19 January 2019).