Sunday, August 26, 2012

[Ornithology • 2008] Eleoscytalopus new Genus • Hidden generic diversity in Neotropical birds: Molecular and anatomical data support a new genus for the “Scytalopusindigoticus species-group (Passeriformes: Rhinocryptidae)


Eleoscytalopus indigoticus individual male

Eleoscytalopus gen. nov.
Maurício, Mata, Bornschein, Cadena, Alvarenga & Bonatto, 2008

Type-species: Myiothera indigotica Wied, 1831 [=Scytalopus indigoticus (Wied);
the syntypes, which are housed at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH 5416 and 5417), New York, USA

Included taxa: Eleoscytalopus indigoticus (Wied) comb. nov.;
E. psychopompus (Teixeira and Carnevalli) comb. nov.

Etymology. Eleos, from the Greek heleos, meaning swamp, refers to swampy forests, the preferred habitat of E. indigoticus and E. psychopompus; Scytalopus refers to the genus in which these two species were long included. Gender masculine.


Maurício, N. M, Matta, H., Bornschein, M. R., Cadena, C. D., Alvarenga, H., & Bonatto, S. L. 2008. Hidden generic diversity in Neotropical birds: Molecular and anatomical data support a new genus for the “Scytalopusindigoticus species-group (Aves: Rhinocryptidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 49(1): 125-135.


Proposal (#365) to South American Classification Committee
Erect the new genus Eleoscytalopus for the "Scytalopus" indigoticus species group

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