Short-tailed Woodstar / Myrmia micrura

Short-tailed Woodstar / Myrmia micrura

Short-tailed Woodstar

SCI Name:  Myrmia micrura
Protonym:  Calothorax micrurus Monogr.Trochil. pt7 pl.2,text
Taxonomy:  Caprimulgiformes / Trochilidae /
Taxonomy Code:  shtwoo1
Type Locality:  Peru.
Publish Year:  1854
IUCN Status:  


(Trochilidae; Ϯ Short-tailed Woodstar M. micrura) Gr. μυρον muron  charming, graceful, sweet; μυια muia, μυιας muias  fly (i.e. very small bird); "LES ACESTURAIRES   ...   Genre Myrmia, MULSANT.  micrura, GOULD. — Bolivie." (Mulsant 1876); "Myrmia Mulsant, Ann. Soc. Linn. Lyon (n.s.), 22, 1876, p. 228. Type, by monotypy, Calothorax micrurus Gould." (Peters 1945, V, 139).

Gr. μικρος mikros  small, short; -ουρος -ouros  -tailed  < ουρα oura  tail.

(syn. Pnoepyga Ϯ Scaly-breasted Wren Babbler P. albiventer) Gr. μικρος mikros  short, small; ουρα oura  tail; "Genus MICROURA, Gould.  ...  MICROURA SQUAMATA, Gould.  Scaly-breasted Little-tail.   ...   THIS curious little bird is almost tailless, this organ being so slightly developed that it consists of merely the rudiments of a few weak downy feathers scarcely one-fourth of an inch in length. Besides my own specimens, which were received from the Himalaya, I have examined two others from Nepâl, all of which were alike in the rudimentary nature of the tail-feathers; I am consequently led to believe that this character is permanent and have named it accordingly" (Gould 1837); "Microura Gould, 1837, Icones Avium, pt. 1, pl. [5]. Type, by original designation and monotypy, Microura squamata Gould. Nomen oblitum.1   ...   1 This name has been placed on the Official Index of Rejected Names (Opinion 695)." (Deignan 1964 in Peters, X, 293).    Var. Micrura.