Wednesday, August 22, 2012

[Ornithology • 2008] The Brazilian species complex Scytalopus speluncae: how many times can a holotype be overlooked?


Figure 1: A: Scytalopus speluncae (holotype, ZISP 145251), lateral view; 
B: Scytalopus speluncae, detail of the abdominal feathers, heavily damaged, showing only the blackish base (ground) colour contrasting with the original pale gray breast feathers, although careful analysis of the flanks and thighs revealed the presence of some remnant buff feathers. 
C: Topotype (MNRJ 44019) of Scytalopus speluncae from São João del Rei, showing the buff feathers lost in the holotype


Raposo, M.A. & Kirwan, G.M. 2008. The Brazilian species complex Scytalopus speluncae: how many times can a holotype be overlooked? Revista Brasileira de Ornitologia. 16(1): 78–81.

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