Family Tetraonidae Linnaeus 1758 (grouse)

Aves - Galliformes - Tetraonidae

Full reference: C. Linnaeus. 1758. Systema Naturae per Regna Tria Naturae, Secundum Classes, Ordines, Genera, Species, cum Characteribus, Differentiis, Synonymis, Locis. Editio Decima 1:1-824

Parent taxon: Galliformes according to T. M. Crowe et al. 2006

See also Lambrecht 1933, Livezey and Zusi 2007 and Peterson 1999

Sister taxa: Amitabha, Archaealectrornis, Craci, Cracidae, Galli, Gallinuloididae, Megapodiidae, Namaortyx, Numididae, Odontiphorinidae, Odontophoridae, Paraortygidae, Paraortyx, Phasanidae, Phasiani, Phasianidae, Procrax, Quercymegapodiidae, Sobniogallus, Taoperdix

Subtaxa: Palaealectoris Tetrao

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Type: Tetrao

Ecology: volant browser

Distribution:

• Quaternary of Italy (4 collections), Romania (2), the Russian Federation (2), the United Kingdom (2), United States (3: Georgia, New Mexico, Virginia)

• Pliocene of Hungary (2)

• Harrisonian of United States (1: Nebraska)

Total: 16 collections each including a single occurrence

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