Marbled godwit Limosa fedoa, photographed by Matthew.

Belongs within: Scolopacoidea.

The genus Limosa includes the godwits, long-legged shore birds with long, slightly upcurved bills. The bill has a flexible tip and is used to probe for invertebrates on tidal flats.

<==Limosa Brisson 1760 [Limosini] M02
    |--L. fedoa FP64
    |--L. haemastica (Linnaeus 1758) R85
    |--L. lapponica WH02
    |    |--L. l. lapponica R85
    |    `--L. l. baueri Naumann 1836 R85
    |--L. limosa (Linnaeus 1758) [=Scolopax limosa] M02
    |    |--L. l. limosa R85
    |    |--L. l. islandica HR96
    |    `--L. l. melanuroides Gould 1846 R85
    `--L. novaezealandiae S13

*Type species of generic name indicated


[FP64] Fisher, J., & R. T. Peterson. 1964. The World of Birds: A comprehensive guide to general ornithology. Macdonald: London.

[HR96] Heather, B. D., & H. A. Robertson. 1996. The Field Guide to the Birds of New Zealand. Viking: Auckland.

[M02] Mlíkovský, J. 2002. Cenozoic Birds of the World. Part 1: Europe. Ninox Press: Praha.

[R85] Robertson, C. J. R. (ed.) 1985. Reader’s Digest Complete Book of New Zealand Birds. Reader’s Digest: Sydney.

[S13] Sarasin, F. 1913. Die Vögel Neu-Caledoniens und der Loyalty-Inseln. In Nova Caledonia: Forschungen in Neu-Caledonian und auf den Loyalty-Inseln. A. Zoologie vol. 1, Heft I (F. Sarasin & J. Roux, eds) pp. 1-78, pl. 1-3. C. W. Kreidels Verlag: Wiesbaden.

[WH02] Worthy, T. H., & R. N. Holdaway. 2002. The Lost World of the Moa: Prehistoric life of New Zealand. Indiana University Press: Bloomington (Indiana).

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