(Columbidae; Ϯ Squatter Pigeon G. scripta) Gr. γεω- geō-  ground-  <  γη gē  earth; φαψ phaps, φαβος phabos  pigeon; "[APPENDIX] 75.  ...  Phaps, near this genus add  GEOPHAPS, Gould (1842).  G. scripta (Temm.), Gould." (G. Gray 1842); "Mr. Gould next instituted a new genus among the Columbidæ, under the appellation of Genus GEOPHAPS  ...  Rostrum perbreve et robustum. Oculi cute denudata circumdati. Alæ perbreves et rotundatæ, apicibus latis. Tarsi mediocres digitis longiores. Digitus internus paululum cæteris longior." (Gould 1842); "Geophaps "Gould" G. R. Gray, List Gen. Bds., ed. 2, App., 1 Mar., 1842, p. 12.1  Type, by original designation, G. scripta (Temm.) = Columba scripta Temminck.  ...   1 The name was first published by Gould in Bds. Austr., pt. 7, 1 June, 1842." (Peters 1937, III, 119).
Synon. Lophophaps, Terraphaps.

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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 on 11 December 2018).