(syn. Gallinago Ϯ Madagascan Snipe G. macrodactyla) Gr. ευ eu  fine; genus Gallinago Brisson 1760, snipe; "The Madagascar Snipe, G. macrodactyla Bonaparte, is a puzzling form to classify. It bears such a close likeness to the South American nobilis that Seebohm regarded them as only subspecifically distinct. Their distribution forbids this conclusion, and there can be no reasonable doubt that we have here a case of convergence. The isolation of the species on the island of Madagascar has again produced an extraordinary increase in bill-length, an appreciable increase in the metatarsus, with little increase in wing-length.  ...  It can be easily distinguished from nobilis by its having the metatarsus regularly scutellate before and behind, whereas in nobilis the hind part of the metatarsus shows indistinctly reticulate, through the breaking-up of the scutes. For this I propose the new generic name EUGALLINAGO." (Mathews 1913).

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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 21 January 2019).