(Procellariidae; Ϯ Southern Giant Petrel M. giganteus) Gr. μακρος makros  great; νηκτης nēktēs  swimmer  < νηχω nēkhō  to swim; "The generic name Ossifraga, given by Hombron and Jacquinot (Comptes Rendus, XVIII, 1844, p. 356) to Procellaria gigantea Gmelin, is antedated by Ossifraga N. Wood (Analyst, II, 1835, p. 305; VI, 1837, p. 244), applied to a very different group of birds. As the Giant Fulmar is thus bereft of its generic name, that of Macronectes may be suggested as an equivalent." (Richmond 1905).
Synon. Ossifraga.

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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 23 January 2019).