Flightless Steamer-Duck / Tachyeres pteneres

Flightless Steamer-Duck / Tachyeres pteneres

Flightless Steamer-Duck

SCI Name:  Tachyeres pteneres
Protonym:  Anas pteneres Descr.Anim.itin.MarisAust.Terr.ed.Licht. p.338
Taxonomy:  Anseriformes / Anatidae /
Taxonomy Code:  flistd1
Type Locality:  Tierra del Fuego.
Publish Year:  1844
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(Anatidae; Ϯ Falkland Flightless Steamer Duck T. brachypterus) Gr. ταχυηρης takhuērēs  fast rowing  < ταχυς takhus  fast; ερσσω eressō  to row; "the flightless Duck (Tachyeres2 brachypterus, Latham) of Magellan's Strait.   ...   2The generic name Micropterus, applied by Lesson in 1831 to the Anas brachyptera of Latham, was bespoken by Lacépède, in 1802, for a genus of Fishes. Microptera was applied by Gravenhorst, in the same year, to a family of pentamerous Coleoptera, and by Robin, in 1830, to a genus of Diptera. Micropteryx was given by Hübner, in 1816, to a genus of Lepidoptera, and by Agassiz, in 1829, to a genus of Fishes. The name above proposed for a subgeneric type of Anatidæ, as well-marked as any of those to which terms indicative of such distinction have been applied, is derived from ταχυηρης, swift rower, and relates to the characteristic movements of Latham's species in water, which has obtained for it, from navigators, the name of "Steamer Duck." (Owen 1875); "Tachyeres Owen, Trans. Zoöl. Soc. London, 9, 1875, p. 254. Type, by monotypy, Anas brachyptera Latham." (Peters 1931, I, 176).
Synon. MicroaMicropterus.

Gr. πτην ptēn, πτηνος ptēnos  winged  < πετομαι petomai  to fly; ερεσσω eressō  to row.