(syn. Tringa Ϯ Grey-tailed Tattler T. brevipes) Gr. ἑτεροσκελης heteroskelēs  with uneven legs  < ἑτερος heteros  different; σκελος skelos  leg; “HETEROSCELUS, Baird.  ... Tarsus about equal to middle toe, and about 2½ times the length of exposed tibia; covered anteriorly by narrow transverse scutellae, laterally and behind by hexagonal scales. Scales of tibia hexagonal.  ... This very remarkable sandpiper differs, in the hexagonal scutellation of the tibia and on the posterior face of the tarsus, from any other of the Totaneae, and on this account should, with all propriety, be made the type of a distinct group.  ... The legs have a much roughened appearance.  HETEROSCELUS BREVIPES, (Vieill.) Baird.  Wandering Tatler.” (Baird 1858); "Heteroscelus Baird, Rep. Expl. and Surv. R. R. Pac., 9, 1858, p. xxii, xlvii, 728, 734. Type, by monotypy, Totanus brevipes Vieillot." (Peters 1934, II, 270).

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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 www.hbw.com on 15 December 2018).