NETTAPUS

(Anatidae; Ϯ African Pygmy Goose N. auritus) Gr. νηττα nētta  duck; πους pous, ποδος podos  foot; "D. Subgen. NETTAPUS NOB.  Rostri forma ut in Bernaclis, sed in mandibula, ut in Anseribus genuinis, exterior seu lateralis lamellarum series nulla. Collum elongatum. Pedes admodum breves. Tarsi digito medio propriae longitudinis tertia parte breviores. Unicam speciem huic inserendam huc usque sistit Anser madagascariensis seu Anas madagascariensis Auct., quae quidem rostro et collo Anserem, pedum structura autem et corpore Anatem praebet." (Brandt 1836); "Nettapus Brandt, Descr. Icon. Anim. Ross. Nov., Aves, fasc. 1, 1836, p. 5. Type, by monotypy, Anas masagascariensis Gmelin = Anas aurita Boddaert." (Peters 1931, 1, 172). The African Pygmy Goose was considered to have the feet and body of a duck, and the bill and neck of a goose.
Var. Nettopus, Nettepus.
Synon. Anserella, Cheniscus, Microcygna, Nessarius.

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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 www.hbw.com on 21 January 2019).