Snow Mountain Quail / Anurophasis monorthonyx
Snow Mountain Quail
Protonym: Anurophasis monorthonyx NotesLeydenMus. 32 p.212
Taxonomy: Galliformes / Phasianidae / Anurophasis
Taxonomy Code: snmqua2
Type Locality: Oranje Mts., 3800 met., Dutch New Guinea.
Author: van Oort
Publish Year: 1910
IUCN Status: Near Threatened
(Phasianidae; Ϯ Snow Mountain Quail A. monorthonyx) Gr. negative prefix αν- an- ; ουρα oura tail; Mod. L. phasis pheasant < Med. L. phasis avis pheasant; "Anurophasis, nov. gen. Gallidarum. Bill short, at base broader than high; culmen conspicuously arched; tip rounded and curving over the lower mandible. Nostrils concealed above by a scale and below by plumes. Tarso-metatarsus a little longer than middle toe with claw, covered in front with two rows of scales. Toes rather long, inner toe shorter than the outer; hind toe short and elevated. Claws strong and pointed, slightly curved, but that of the inner toe quite straight. Wings not very long, slightly rounded; fourth and fifth primaries the longest. Tail apparently wanting, rectrices soft and not to be distinguished from the coverts. Anurophasis monorthonyx nov. spec. ♂, Oranje Mountains (3800 m.), 5 November 1909; coll. Lorentz nº 254." (van Oort 1910); "Anurophasis van Oort, Notes Leyden Mus., 32, 19190, p. 211. Type, by monotypy, Anurophasis monorthonyx van Oort." (Peters, 1934, II, p. 68).
Gr. μονος monos single; ορθος orthos straight; ονυξ onux, ονυχος onukhos claw, nail.
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