Originally Posted by cajanuma
- Marvellous Spatuletail (Loddigesia mirablis) is embedded within the Eriocnemis pufflegs, with Blue-capped Puffleg (Eriocnemis glaucopoides) as its sister species.
Was the Booted Racket-tail Ocreatus underwoodii
sampled? Back when there whisperings that the Spatuletail was related to the Pufflegs, I thought that perhaps it would turn out to be closest to Ocreatus
, which is traditionally thought to be close to Eriocnemis
. The racket tail feathers in both species might then be homologous structures. Looks like this isn't the case though.
I think its a pity really that a monotypic genus will probably be lost for one of the world's most unusual and distinctive avian species. That's science I guess. Do the individual gene trees all place Loddigesia
If Loddigesia mirabilis
ends up subsumed into Eriocnemis
, then the Colourful Puffleg Eriocnemis mirabilis
Meyer de Schauensee, 1967, will need a new name.