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MYRMORNIS

(Thamnophilidae; Ϯ Southern Wing-banded Antbird M. torquata) Gr. μυρμηξ murmēx, μυρμηκος murmēkos or μυρμος murmos  ant; ορνις ornis, ορνιθος ornithos  bird; "Myrmornithis s)   ...   s) Hoc nomen dare visum est novo utique generi, quod Americæ proprium primum descriptum est a BUFFONIO T. VI. p. 462 & nomine Fourmilier propositum haud prorsus aptissimo, quum quadrupes animal avemque eodem nomine insigniti, & novis homonymiis, quarum veteres jam nimis negotii nobis facessunt, novis erroribus ansam dare non videatur esse consentaneum. Singulariter illud genus ambiguum est, ut vix dici possit, quo ordine locari conveniat. Nam cauda alisque brevibus, & quod plures conjunctim in terra discurrunt, Perdicam utique æmulatur, cujus nomen Galli Guyaniam habitantes illi dederunt. Eadem brevitate caudæ alarumque cum Corvis brachyuris maxime congruunt, quibus simillimas BUFFONIUS prædicat, ut si de horum vitæ ratione constiterit, haud refragari videatur, quin uno genere conjungantur." (Hermann 1783); "Myrmornis Hermann, Tabula Affin. Anim., 1783, p. 180 [sic=188],1 210,2 235. Type, by subsequent designation, Fourmilier proprement dit, Buffon, 4, p. 473 = Le Fourmillier de Cayenne, Daubenton, Pl. enlum., pl. 700, fig. 1 = Formicarius torquatus Boddaert (Hellmayr, Field Mus. Nat. Hist. Publ., Zool. Ser., 13, pt. 3, 1924, p. 321).   ...   1 Myrmornithis, genitive, hence not available under Opinion 183.   2Myrmornithem, accustaive, hence not available under Opinion 183." (Peters 1951, VII, 255). Hermann here first uses the genitive case; elsewhere in the work he uses Myrmornithum, Myrmornin, Myrmornithem, and, finally, Myrmornis, in his tabular sequence between Upupa and Sitta.
Synon. Formicivorus, Rhopoterpe.

Stictomyrmornis

(syn. Hylophylax Ϯ Spot-backed Antbird H. naevius) Gr. στικτος stiktos  spotted  < στιζω stizō  to tattoo; μυρμος murmos  ant; ορνις ornis, ορνιθος ornithos  bird (cf. genus Myrmornis Hermann, 1783, antbird); "STICTOMYRMORNIS, gen. nov.  The species that I propose to separate from Hypocnemis under the above title form quite a different group, and are distinguished by the flat and Muscicapine bill, the width of which at the base is about three-fifths the length of the exposed culmen.  ...  This genus is founded on L. nævia (Gmel.)" (Chubb 1919).