New Genus for Sandhill Crane

New Genus for Sandhill Crane

The genus Antigone has been split from Grus. Scientific names for Whooping and Common cranes remain unchanged, but Sandhill Crane has changed from Grus canadensis to Antigone canadensis. The other members of Antigone are White-naped Crane*, Brolga*, and Sarus Crane*. Antigone is the name of Oedipus’s daughter/half-sister in Greek mythology.

The above is from the ABA Blog found at: http://blog.aba.org/2016/07/2016-aou-supplement.html

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