(Anatidae; Ϯ Spur-winged Goose P. gambensis) Gr. πληκτρον plēktron  cock’s spur; -πτερος -pteros  -winged  < πτερον pteron  wing; "PLECTROPTERUS.  PLECTROPTERUS.  Generic CharacterRostrum subcylindricum, basi tuberculo carneo instructum, laminato-dentatum, obtusum.  Nares in medio rostri sitæ.  Alæ calcaria dua armatæ.  Collum breve.  Pedes tetradactyli; digiti anteriores toti palmati; pollex simplex.  ...  There are but two species known; and of their manners we are ignorant.     GAMBIA PLECTROPTERUS. (Plectropterus Gambensis.)  ...  Spur-winged Goose. Lath. Gen. Syn. 6. 452. pl. 102.  ...  Inhabits Gambia and other parts of Africa.  ...  BLACK-BACKED PLECTROPTERUS. (Plectropterus melanonotos.)  ...  Black-backed Goose. Lath. Gen. Syn. 6. 449.  ...  Common in the island of Ceylon, and the coast of Coromandel, and also in the vicinity of the Ganges." (Stephens 1824); "Plectropterus Stephens, in Shaw, Gen. Zoöl., 12, pt. 2, 1824, p. 6. Type, by subsequent designation, Anas gambensis Linné. (Eyton, Monogr. Anat., 1838, p. 10.)" (Peters 1931, 1, 145).  
Var. Plectrophanes.   
Synon. Anatigralla, Gambo, Olor, Pleptera.

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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 19 December 2018).