Pearly Antshrike / Megastictus margaritatus

Pearly Antshrike / Megastictus margaritatus

Pearly Antshrike

SCI Name:  Megastictus margaritatus
Protonym:  Myrmeciza margaritata Proc.Zool.Soc.London(1854) (1854), Pt22 no.275 p.253 pl.71
Taxonomy:  Passeriformes / Thamnophilidae /
Taxonomy Code:  peaant1
Type Locality:  Chamicuros, Peru.
Publish Year:  1855
IUCN Status:  


(Thamnophilidae; Ϯ Pearly Antshrike M. margaritatus) Gr. μεγας megas, μεγαλη megalē  large, great; στικτος stiktos spotted  < στιζω stizō  to tattoo; "Megastictus gen. nov.  (Formicariidæ.)  Related to Pygiptila Sclater and Thamnistes Sclater and Salvin. Differing from the former in having the tail two-thirds as long as wing and much rounded or graduated (instead of much less than two-thirds as long and truncated); from the latter in relatively smaller bill (distance from nostril to tip of maxilla less than length of middle toe without claw) and very different coloration.   Type.— Myrmeciza margaritata Sclater.  (Mεγας, large; στικτος, marked, spotted.)" (Ridgway 1909).

margaritata / margaritatus
L. margaritatus  adorned with pearls  < margarita  pearl  < Gr. μαργαριτης margaritēs  pearl.