Myrmotheridae (antpittas)

Phylogenetic placement: Tyranni: Furnariida

Distribution: Central and South America

Number of extant genera: 5

Number of extant species: ~70


Carneiro L, Bravo GA, Aristizábal N, Cuervo AM, and Aleixo A (2018), Molecular systematics and biogeography of lowland antpittas (Aves: Grallariidae): The role of vicariance and dispersal in the diversification of a widespread Neotropical lineage, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 120, 375-389. (free viewing)

Chesser T (2004), Molecular systematics of New World suboscine birds, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 32, 11-24. (abstract)

Chesser T, Isler ML, Cuervo AM, Cadena CD, Galen SC, Bergner LM, Fleischer RC, Bravo GA, Lane DF, and Hosner PA (2020), Conservative plumage masks extraordinary phylogenetic diversity in the Grallaria rufula (Rufous Antpitta) complex of the humid Andes, Auk 137, e:ukaa009. (free pdf) 

Cuervo AM (2022), Unnoticed anomaly in the holotype of Grallaria rufocinerea (Myrmotheridae) deprives romeroana Hernández-Camacho & Rodríguez, 1979 of diagnosability, Zootaxa 5213, 445-450. (abstract)

Gaudin J, Raty L, and Sangster G (2021), The correct name for the antpitta clade, Bull. Br. OrnitholClub 141, 363-365. (free pdf)

Harvey MG, Bravo GA, Claramunt S, Cuervo AM, Derryberry GE, Battilana J, Seeholzer GF, McKay JS, O'Meara BC, Faircloth BC, Edwards SV, Perez-Eman J, Moyle RG, Sheldon FH, Aleixo A, Smith BT, Chesser RT, Silveira LF, Cracraft J, Brumfield RT, and Derryberry EP (2020), The evolution of a tropical biodiversity hotspot, Science 370, 1343-48. (pdf) (hi-res tree) 

Irestedt M, Fjeldså J, Johansson US, and Ericson PGP (2002), Systematic relationships and biogeography of the tracheophone suboscines (Aves: Passeriformes), Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 23, 499-512. (abstract) 

Isler ML, Chesser RT, Robbins MB, Cuervo AM, Cadena CD, and Hosner PA (2020), Taxonomic evaluation of the Grallaria rufula (Rufous Antpitta) complex (Aves: Passeriformes: Grallariidae) distinguishes sixteen species, Zootaxa 4817, 1-74. (abstract)

Kuhl H, Frankl-Vilches C, Bakker A, Mayr G, Nikolaus G, Boerno ST, Klages S, Timmermann B, and Gahr M (2021), An unbiased molecular approach using 3'UTRs resolves the avian family-level tree of life, MolBiolEvol. 38, 108-127. (pdf)

Moyle RG, Oliveros CH, Andersen MJ, Hosner PA, Benz BW, Manthey JD, Travers SL, Brown RM, and Faircloth BC (2016) Tectonic collision and uplift of Wallacea triggered the global songbird radiation, Nature Comm. 7, e:12709. (free pdf)

Oliveros CH, Field DJ, Ksepka DT, Barker KF, Aleixo A, Andersen MJ, Alström P, Benz BW, Braun EL, Braun MJ, Bravo GA, Brumfield RT, Chesser RT,  Claramunt S, Cracraft J, Cuervo AM, Derryberry EP, Glenn TC, Harvey MG, Hosner PA, Joseph L, Kimball RT, Mack AL, Miskelly CM, Peterson AT, Robbins MB, Sheldon FH, Silveira LF, Smith BT, White ND, Moyle RG, and Faircloth BC (2019), Earth history and the passerine superradiation, PNAS 116, 7915-25. (pdf)

Rice NH (2005a), Phylogenetic relationships of antpitta genera (Passeriformes: Formicariidae), Auk 122, 673-683. (free pdf) 

Rice NH (2005b), Further evidence for paraphyly of the Formicariidae (Passeriformes), Condor 107, 910-915. (free pdf)

Stiller J, Feng S, Chowdhury AA, Rivas-González I, Duchêne DA, Fang Q, Deng Y, Kozlov A, Stamatakis A, Claramunt S, Nguyen JMT, Ho SYW, Faircloth BC, Haag J, Houde P, Cracraft J, Balaban M, Mai U, Chen G, Gao R, Zhou C, Xie Y, Huang Z, Cao Z, Yan Z, Ogilvie HA, Nakhleh L, Lindow B, Morel B, Fjeldså J, Hosner PA, da Fonseca RR, Petersen B, Tobias JA, Székely T, Kennedy JD, Reeve AH, Liker A, Stervander M, Antunes A, Tietze DT, Bertelsen M, Lei F, Rahbek C, Graves GR, Schierup MH, Warnow T, Braun EL, Gilbert MTP, Jarvis ED, Mirarab S, and Zhang G (2024), Complexity of avian evolution revealed by family-level genomes, Nature (preview pdf)