(syn. Anas Ϯ African Black Duck A. sparsa) L. melas, melanos  black  < Gr. μελας melas, μελανος melanos  black; anas, anatis  duck; "It is clear that the two South African ducks commonly placed under Anas should not be retained there, the genotype (Anas platyrhyncha Linné) differing in several important respects.  A. sparsa Eyton differs in having the middle toe and claw much longer than the bill, the sexes alike in colour and the colour markings very different; this species I would therefore refer to a new genus bearing the name of MELANANAS." (A. Roberts 1922) (see Afranas).  Var. Melanas.

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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).