(syn. Mycteria Ϯ Wood Stork M. americana) Genus Tantalus Linnaeus, 1758, stork; Gr. ωψ ōps, ωπος ōpos  countenance, face; "In Tantalus ibis, typical of the genus, the trachea is several times folded and doubled upon itself in the thorax. In Tantalus loculator, the trachea is short, straight, and simple in its lower part, with numerous reduced and modified rings, and flattened from side to side, producing a ridge in front. It has been made type of a genus Tantalides, but that name being preoccupied, a new one seems to be required.   255. TANTALOPS.  (Gr. Tανταλος, Lat. Tantalus, a mythical character; ωψ, ops, aspect.)  AMERICAN WOOD STORK or WOOD "IBIS."" (Coues 1884); "Tantalops Coues, Key N. Amer. Bds., 2nd ed., p. 653, 1884 -- type, by monotypy, Tantalus loculator Linnaeus = Mycteria americana Linnaeus." (Hellmayr & Conover 1948).

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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 20 January 2019).