Myrmothera

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Myrmothera
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Thrush-like antpitta (Myrmothera campanisona)
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Grallariidae
Genus: Myrmothera
Vieillot, 1816

Myrmothera is a genus of birds belonging to the family Grallariidae. Established by French ornithologist Louis Jean Pierre Vieillot in 1816, it contains two or three species, depending on the taxonomy followed. [1] The International Ornithological Congress (IOC) recognises three species: [2]

Some other taxonomies, including those followed by the Integrated Taxonomic Information System and Handbook of Birds of the World, consider the Tapajos antpitta to be a subspecies of the thrush-like antpitta. [3] [4] Based on DNA analysis, the genus is considered to be a sister taxon to the genus Hylopezus. [1] The name Myrmothera is a compound word created from the Greek words murmos, meaning "ant" and -theras, meaning "hunter" (from therao, meaning "to hunt). [5]

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References

  1. 1 2 "Taxonomic structure and notes". Handbook of Birds of the World Alive. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  2. "IOC World Bird List: Antthrushes, antpittas, gnateaters, tapaculos, crescentchests". International Ornithological Congress . Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  3. "Myrmothera campanisona (Hermann, 1783)". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  4. "Thrush-like Antpitta (Myrmothera campanisona)". Handbook of Birds of the World Alive. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  5. Jobling, James A. (2010). "The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names". London, UK: Christopher Helm. p. 264.