Alopochen is a genus of the bird family Anatidae, part of the shelduck subfamily. It contains one extant species, the Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus), and two or three species which became extinct in the last 1000 years or so. The Egyptian Goose is native to mainland Africa, and the extinct species are from Madagascar and the Mascarene Islands.
The extinct species of the genus are:
- Mauritian Shelduck, Alopochen mauritiana – Mauritius, late 1690s
- Réunion Shelduck or Kervazo's Egyptian Goose, Alopochen kervazoi – Réunion, c.1690s
The generic name looks like Greek ἀλώπηξ + χήν = "fox-goose", referring to the colour of its back, but with a Greek language error: the linguistically correct form would have been *Alopecchen or *Alopecochen.
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