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Family: Scolopacidae sandpipers (See list of species below)

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37 species with fin ray counts including ? spines in dorsal and ? in anal fins (see list below)
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Actitis hypoleucos
[Common sandpiper]
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Actitis macularius
[Spotted sandpiper]


Arenaria interpres
[Ruddy turnstone]
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Arenaria melanocephala
[Black turnstone]
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Calidris acuminata
[Sharp-tailed sandpiper]
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Calidris alba
[Sanderling]
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Calidris alpina
[Dunlin]
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Calidris bairdii
[Baird's sandpiper]
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Calidris canutus
[Red knot]
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Calidris ferruginea
[Curlew sandpiper]
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Calidris fuscicollis
[White-rumped sandpiper]
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Calidris himantopus
[Stilt sandpiper]
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Calidris maritima
[]
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Calidris mauri
[Western sandpiper]
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Calidris melanotos
[Pectoral sandpiper]
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Calidris minuta
[Little stint]
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Calidris minutilla
[Least sandpiper]
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Calidris ptilocnemis
[Rock sandpiper]
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Calidris pusilla
[Semipalmated sandpiper]
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Calidris ruficollis
[Red-necked stint]
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Calidris subminuta
[Long-toed stint]
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Calidris temminckii
[Temminck's stint]
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Calidris tenuirostris
[Great knot]
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Eurynorhynchus pygmeus
[]
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Numenius minutus
[Little curlew]
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Numenius phaeopus
[Whimbrel]
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Numenius tahitiensis
[Bar-tailed godwit]
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Phalaropus fulicarius
[Red phalarope]
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Phalaropus lobatus
[Red-necked phalarope]
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Phalaropus tricolor
[Wilson's phalarope]
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Tringa flavipes
[Lesser yellowlegs]
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Tringa incana
[Wandering tattler]
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Tringa melanoleuca
[Greater yellowlegs]
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Tringa nebularia
[Common greenshank]
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Tringa semipalmatus
[Willet]
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Tringa stagnatilis
[Marsh sandpiper]
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Tringa totanus
[Common redshank]
37 Species of Family Scolopacidae
(sandpipers)
Sort by: Species Length
Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm)
Actitis hypoleucos Common sandpiper Indo-West Pacific.
Actitis macularius Spotted sandpiper Eastern Pacific and Weste 19 TL
Arenaria interpres Ruddy turnstone Northeast Atlantic and We
Arenaria melanocephala Black turnstone Arctic
Calidris acuminata Sharp-tailed sandpiper Pacific Ocean
Calidris alba Sanderling Indo-Pacific, Antarctic a 22 TL
Calidris alpina Dunlin Pacific, Atlantic, Wester 23 TL
Calidris bairdii Baird's sandpiper Pacific Ocean and Atlanti
Calidris canutus Red knot Indo-Pacific.
Calidris ferruginea Curlew sandpiper Western Central Pacific,
Calidris fuscicollis White-rumped sandpiper Western Atlantic, Eastern
Calidris himantopus Stilt sandpiper Northeast Pacific
Calidris maritima Northeast Atlantic and th
Calidris mauri Western sandpiper Arctic and Northeast Paci 18 TL
Calidris melanotos Pectoral sandpiper Pacific Ocean and Atlanti
Calidris minuta Little stint Western Indian Ocean, Eas
Calidris minutilla Least sandpiper Western Atlantic and Nort 17 TL
Calidris ptilocnemis Rock sandpiper Northeast Pacific
Calidris pusilla Semipalmated sandpiper Northern Pacific and Atla
Calidris ruficollis Red-necked stint Western Central Pacific
Calidris subminuta Long-toed stint Western Central Pacific a
Calidris temminckii Temminck's stint Northeast Atlantic and th
Calidris tenuirostris Great knot Northwest Pacific
Eurynorhynchus pygmeus Arctic
Numenius minutus Little curlew Western Central Pacific
Numenius phaeopus Whimbrel Indo-West Pacific. Tropi
Numenius tahitiensis Bar-tailed godwit Pacific Ocean.
Phalaropus fulicarius Red phalarope Northeast Pacific, Atlant
Phalaropus lobatus Red-necked phalarope Indo-Pacific, Atlantic Oc
Phalaropus tricolor Wilson's phalarope Northeast Pacific and Ant
Tringa flavipes Lesser yellowlegs Pacific Ocean and Atlanti
Tringa incana Wandering tattler Pacific
Tringa melanoleuca Greater yellowlegs Northeast Pacific and Atl
Tringa nebularia Common greenshank Indo-West Pacific.
Tringa semipalmatus Willet Northeast Pacific and Wes
Tringa stagnatilis Marsh sandpiper Western Indian Ocean
Tringa totanus Common redshank Indo-West Pacific.



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