Often considered monotypic, but most races hitherto regarded as belonging to P. superciliosus apparently have closer affinities with present species. Race ochraceiventris may prove to merit treatment as a separate species, but this would probably not include all S Amazonian taxa of this species-group (including P. superciliosus muelleri), as has been suggested. Race margarettae has been considered a full species, and was recently treated as such#R, but fuller evidence of differentiation from malaris is needed (this is to be supplied in near future#R). Races moorei and bolivianus intergrade in E Andes of Peru, and offspring of these described as ucayalii. Birds occurring between lower reaches of R Madeira and R Tapajós were separated as race insignis, but indistinguishable from bolivianus. Proposed race camargoi (E Brazil) normally considered inseparable from margarettae, as in HBW, but likely to be accorded species status in forthcoming review of Brazilian Phaethornis#R. Six subspecies currently recognized.
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