(syn. Oxyura Ϯ Ruddy Duck O. jamaicensis) Gr. γυμνος gumnos  bare, stripped; ουρα oura  tail; "Subgenus. - *GYMNURA.  (OXYURA Ϯ. Bonap.)  ...  Tail long and cuneiform, consisting of 20 narrow, pointed, rigid, and more or less concave feathers: the tail coverts wholly wanting, or undistinguishable from the adjoining plumage.  ...  ϮThe name of Oxyura having been previously employed for a subgenus of Creepers, it was necessary to alter it." (Nuttall 1834).

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Jobling, J. A. (2020). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2020). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 19 February 2020).