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MYRMOPHYLAX

(Thamnophilidae; Ϯ Black-throated Antbird M. atrothorax) Gr. μυρμος murmos  ant; φυλαξ phulax, φυλακος phulakos  watcher, observer  < φυλασσω phulassō  to keep watch; "Myrmophylax, genus novum.  Similar to Myrmoderus Ridgway in the shape of the bill, but tail approximately equal to the wings, composed of broad black feathers, widening towards their tips; and style of coloration entirely different.  Type, Formicarius atrothorax Boddaert.  The reason for associating this group of species with Myrmoderus is not apparent.  In fact, they rather suggest Neorhopias Hellmayr, except for their more rounded wings and much stronger feet." (Todd 1927).