Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology
(Furnariidae; Ϯ Chaco Earthcreeper T. certhioides) Gr. ταρφος tarphos thicket; νομος nomos dwelling, residence; "Tarphonomus, genus nov. Type species.-- Anabates certhioides d'Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1838. ... Etymology.-- The generic name, from the Greek tarphos (thicket) and nomos (place or condition for living), denotes the habitat typical of T. certhioides and T. harterti, which prefer thickets in arid scrub. The name is masculine in gender and emphasizes the distinctness of the habitat of these species from those of their former congeners in Upucerthia, which typically occupy more open arid scrub or grassland" (Chesser & Brumfield 2007).