Green Pygmy-Goose / Nettapus pulchellus

Green Pygmy-Goose / Nettapus pulchellus

Green Pygmy-Goose

SCI Name:  Nettapus pulchellus
Protonym:  Nettapus pulchellus BirdsAustr. pt6 pl.,text
Category:  Anseriformes / Anatidae /
Taxonomy Code:  grnpyg1
Type Locality:  Port Essington, Northern Territory.
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Publish Year:  1842
IUCN Status:  

DEFINITIONS

NETTAPUS
(Anatidae; Ϯ African Pygmy Goose N. auritus) Gr. νηττα nētta  duck; πους pous, ποδος podos  foot; the African Pygmy Goose was considered to have the feet and body of a duck, and the bill and neck of a goose; "D. Subgen. NETTAPUS NOB.  Rostri forma ut in Bernaclis, sed in mandibula, ut in Anseribus genuinis, exterior seu lateralis lamellarum series nulla. Collum elongatum. Pedes admodum breves. Tarsi digito medio propriae longitudinis tertia parte breviores. Unicam speciem huic inserendam huc usque sistit Anser madagascariensis seu Anas madagascariensis Auct., quae quidem rostro et collo Anserem, pedum structura autem et corpore Anatem praebet." (Brandt 1836); "Nettapus Brandt, Descr. Icon. Anim. Ross. Nov., Aves, fasc. 1, 1836, p. 5. Type, by monotypy, Anas masagascariensis Gmelin = Anas aurita Boddaert." (Peters 1931, 1, 172).
Var. Nettopus, Nettepus.
Synon. Anserella, Cheniscus, Microcygna, Nessarius.

pulchella / pulchellum / pulchellus
L. pulchellus  very pretty, beautiful little < dim. pulcher, pulchra  beautiful.
● ex “Grimpereau à longue queue du Sénégal” of Brisson 1760 (Cinnyris).