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Old Sunday 6th April 2014, 03:30   #13
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Originally Posted by cajanuma View Post

- 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 in Eriocnemis?

If Loddigesia mirabilis ends up subsumed into Eriocnemis, then the Colourful Puffleg Eriocnemis mirabilis Meyer de Schauensee, 1967, will need a new name.

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