This generic type is in some respects intermediate between Limosa and Totanus, but differs fro» both in having the bill nearly twice as long as the tarsus. In its habits and eggs it is a Sandpiper, not a Godwit, and its breeding-plumage differs but little from its winter dress.
The bill is distinctly curved upwards, rather wide at the base ; the upper mandible slightly bent downwards at the tip; lower mandible but slightly grooved. "Wings long, 1st quill longest; tail moderate, nearly even. Tarsus scutulated, short, but longer than the middle toe and claw; anterior toes slightly webbed ; middle claw dilated, not pectinated.
A single species.