Whitney et al., 2010,
Serra da Piedade, 1720 m, Caeté, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Probably sister to S. diamantinensis#R; see also S. novacapitalis and S. speluncae (below). Nomenclature confused: type locality and thereby identity of “Malacorhynchus speluncae” disputed#R#R, with dark#R and pale#R phenotypes alternatively involved; the name “speluncae” has traditionally been applied to the dark phenotype (as herein), but if applied to the pale form then name “petrophilus” would become a junior synonym of “speluncae”, while the dark phenotype would receive the new name “notorius”#R; the old, currently unused name “undulatus” has also been mentioned in this context, but the type of this name appears to be a juvenile, of pale phenotype, with collecting locality unknown; DNA-testing of damaged type specimen of “speluncae” seems surest option for clarification, without resort to an application to ICZN for a ruling. Monotypic.
Patchily distributed within Espinhaço and Mantiqueira Ranges of Minas Gerais and N São Paulo#R (and near border with Rio de Janeiro), in E Brazil.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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