Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Restinga Antwren (Formicivora littoralis) - HBW 8, p. 614

French: Grisin du restinga German: Restingaameisenfänger Spanish: Hormiguerito Litoral

Taxonomy: Formicivora serrana littoralis Gonzaga and Pacheco, 1990, Maçambaba beach, Arraial do Cabo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Morphological, vocal and molecular studies indicate that, with exception of F. iheringi, all species placed in current genus form a well-defined group. Present species considered to belong to a clade along with F. serrana and F. melanogaster. Forms a superspecies with former and previously considered conspecific, but accorded species status on basis of differences in morphology and ecology; also, has been treated as race of latter. Monotypic.

Distribution: SE Brazil in coastal Rio de Janeiro (municipalities of Cabo Frio, São Pedro da Aldeia, Arraial do Cabo, Araruama, Saquarema) and nearby offshore islands of Comprida and Cabo Frio.