(Sulidae; Ϯ Brown Booby S. leucogaster) Norwegian name Sula for a gannet  < Old Norse Súla. The suppositions that this name is derived either from Gr. συλαω sulaō  to rob, or from Gaelic souler  sharp-sighted, are erroneous. In fact, the gannets Morus no longer hold this generic tag, which is restricted to the tropical and subtropical boobies; "LE FOU.  ...  SULA" (Brisson 1760): based on "Booby" of Catesby 1731, "Stultus" of Barrère 1741 and 1745, "Plancus Morus" of Klein 1750, and Pelecanus Piscator Linnaeus, 1758; "Sula, Brisson, Orn., 1, 1760, p. 60; 6, 1760, p. 494. Type, by tautonymy, "Sula" = Sula leucogaster Boddaert." (Peters 1931, 1, 83).   
Var. Suca.   
Synon. Abeltera, Anaethetus, Dysporus, Hemisula, Parasula, Piscatrix, Prophalacrocorax, Pseudosula, Sularius.

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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 15 December 2018).