[Taxacom] "Family" Tetrapterygidae

Tony Rees tonyrees49 at gmail.com
Sat Nov 26 19:41:04 CST 2016

Dear Ken.

I am no expert on cranes (at all...) but the type species of Tetrapteryx,
T. capensis, seems to be the blue crane of southern Africa which is
variously given either as Grus paradisea e.g. in Avibase
and Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_crane, or as Anthropoides
paradiseus in the IUCN Red List
and in the present Catalogue of Life ex ITIS
(also in Wikipedia under Anthropoides as well, see
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthropoides). Nevertherless "Tetrapteryx
paradisea" does seem to persist in some sources (e.g. try a Google scholar
search) so I would be interested in the arguments for placing the species
in question into either Tetrapteryx, Grus or Anthropoides at this time. Any
further information from more expert persons than myself would be

Regards - Tony

Tony Rees, New South Wales, Australia

On 25 November 2016 at 14:06, Kenneth Kinman <kinman at hotmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
>        I just learned that Family Tetrapterygidae was proposed by
> Chatterjee (2015) in the 2nd Edition of The Rise of Birds.  And it even has
> its own Wikipedia page:    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetrapterygidae .
>        The trouble is there is apparently no genus Tetrapteryx in this
> family.  The genus Tetrapteryx was proposed about 200 years ago for a genus
> of cranes.  Should we just ignore such a breach of nomenclatural rules or
> should it be formally suppressed before more people start using in
> classifications (as in the Wikipedia article).
>                      ------------Ken
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