Tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae)

Merida Tapaculo (Scytalopus meridanus) - HBW 8, p. 775

French: Mérulaxe de Mérida German: Méridatapaculo Spanish: Churrín de Mérida

Taxonomy: Scytalopus latebricola meridanus Hellmayr, 1922, Culatá, 4000 m, Andes of Mérida, Venezuela.
Previously considered conspecific with S. latebricola, but differs vocally. Research required on relationship with S. fuscicauda, which may be conspecific, or even a synonym of present species. Affinities of birds in adjacent Colombia uncertain: those from Páramo de Tamá may belong to present species or to race infasciatus of S. griseicollis, to which records from E Andes presumed also to pertain; further, specimens from C Andes previously attributed to present species, are as yet not safely referable to any taxon, but some may represent S. spillmanni and .. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Scytalopus latebricola meridanus Hellmayr, 1922, Culatá, 4000 m, Andes of Mérida, Venezuela.
Previously considered conspecific with S. latebricola, but differs vocally. Research required on relationship with S. fuscicauda, which may be conspecific, or even a synonym of present species. Affinities of birds in adjacent Colombia uncertain: those from Páramo de Tamá may belong to present species or to race infasciatus of S. griseicollis, to which records from E Andes presumed also to pertain; further, specimens from C Andes previously attributed to present species, are as yet not safely referable to any taxon, but some may represent S. spillmanni and others perhaps an as yet undescribed species. Monotypic.

Distribution: Andes of Venezuela in Mérida and Táchira.

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