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Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Aves
Subclassis: Carinatae
Infraclassis: Neornithes
Parvclassis: Neognathae
Ordo: Anseriformes
Familia: Anatidae
Subfamilia: Anserinae
Genera: †Afrocygnus - Anser - Branta - Cereopsis - Chen - Coscoroba - †Cnemiornis - Cygnus


Anserinae Vigors, 1825


* Anserinae Report on ITIS

Vernacular names
Česky: Husy
Français: Ansérinés
한국어: 기러기

The Anserinae is a subfamily in the waterfowl family Anatidae. It includes the swans and true geese. Under alternative systematical concepts (see e.g. Terres & NAS, 1991), it is split into two subfamilies, the Anserinae containing the geese (and also the whistling-ducks), while the Cygninae contain the swans.

A number of other waterbirds, mainly related to the shelducks, have "goose" as part of their name; see the family page at Anatidae and the goose page for these.


Swans - tribe Cygnini

* Genus Cygnus - true swans

The black-and-yellow-billed swans are sometimes separated in the genus Olor.

True Geese - tribe Anserini

* Genus Anser - grey geese
* Genus Chen - white geese (sometimes merged into Anser)
* Genus Branta - black geese


* Genus Coscoroba - Coscoroba Swan

The following two genera are distinct from other geese and often elevated to a subfamily of its own (Cereopsinae), or alternatively into the shelduck subfamily Tadorninae:

Tribe Cereopsini

* Genus Cereopsis - Cape Barren Goose
* Genus Cnemiornis - New Zealand geese (prehistoric)

There are some enigmatic subfossils of very large goose-like birds from the Hawaiian Islands which do not appear to be moa-nalos (goose-sized dabbling ducks). They cannot be assigned to any genus living today, though most if not all may be fairly close to Branta:

* Geochen rhuax - initially alied with Cereopsis, but this seems hardly correct for reasons of biogeography.
* Giant Hawaiʻi Goose, ?Branta sp.
* Giant Oʻahu Goose, Anatidae sp. et gen. indet.


* Terres, John K. & National Audubon Society (1991): The Audubon Society Encyclopedia of North American Birds. Wings Books, New York. ISBN 0-517-03288-0

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