(syn. Asio Ϯ Short-eared Owl A. otus galapagoensis) Gr. βραχυς brakhus short; ους ous, ωτος ōtos ear (cf. Gr. βραχυς brakhus little; genus Otus Pennant, 1769, owl; specific name Strix brachyotos Forster, 1772 (= syn. Asio flammeus)); "OTUS (Brachyotus) GALAPAGOENSIS. ... This species belongs to that section of the horned owls which comprehends the short-eared owl of England, and numerous other nearly allied forms which are distributed universally over the globe, from all of which it may be distinguished by its smaller size and darker colouring. I am led to regard the members of this section as possessing characters of sufficient value to justify their being separated into a distinct genus, for which I propose the name of Brachyotus" (Gould 1837).