Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology

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APHRASTURA

(Furnariidae; Ϯ Thorn-tailed Rayadito A. spinicauda) Gr. αφραστος aphrastos  marvellous  < intensive prefix α- a- ; φραζω phrazō  to show; ουρα oura  tail; "Oxyurus [Swainson 1837] is, however, untenable in ornithology, by reason of Oxyurus Rafinesque [1810] for a genus of fishes.  No other name being available, it may be known as Aphrastura, from αφραστος, mirabilis, and ουρα, cauda, the type being Motacilla spinicauda Gmelin." (Oberholser 1899).
Synon. Oxyurus.