(syn. Mycteria Ϯ Wood Stork M. americana) L. tantalus heron < Gr. myth. Tantalus, king of Lydia, who was tantalised in Hades with an insatiable thirst and hunger. This was his punishment for stealing the nectar and ambrosia of the gods, and in attempting to test their divinity by feeding them the flesh of his own son Pelops; "75. TANTALUS.  Rostrum longum, subulatum, obtusum, subarcuatum, teretiusculum.  Saccus jugularis nudus.  Nares ovatæ.  Pedes tetradactyli." (Linnaeus 1758); "Tantalus Linnaeus, Syst. Nat., 10th ed., 1, p. 140, 1758 -- type, by monotypy, Tantalus loculator Linnaeus." (Hellmayr & Conover 1948) (see Tantalides); "GENUS 108. TANTALUS Lin.  ...  Species: Tantalus Loculator Lin.  Observ. Genus cum sequente confusum. Nomen ipsum T. Loculatori inditum Curicaca, a Marcgravio mutuatum, erroneum est; vera enim Brasilianorum et Marcgravii Curicaca est Ibis s. Tantalus albicollis Lin Gmel; et Tant. Loculator Marcgravio Jabiru guacu audit." (Illiger 1811).  Var. TautalusTentalus.

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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 23 January 2019).