From Latin Plotus (“floater: a former name of the genus Anhinga”) + melanogaster (“black-bellied”).
Plotus melanogaster m
- (archaic) A taxonomic species within the family Anhingidae – the Oriental darter, now known as Anhinga melanogaster.
- 1876, "Burmah" in the Encyclopædia Britannica, 9th ed., Vol. IV, p. 552:
- Aquatic birds of various kinds are very numerous, such as geese, darters (Flotus melanogaster), scissor-bills (Rhyncops nigra), adjutants (Leptoptilos argala), pelicans, cormorants, cranes (Grus antigone, in Burmese gyoja), whimbrels, plovers, and ibises.