26.1.15

Predicted Antwren

This proposed taxon to the South American CC recently passed. So we have a new species of Herpsilochmus antwren on the Purus river, deep in south-western Amazonia:


Great.

I read it and thought maybe they were going for Predictable Antwren, perhaps some wry comment on behavior, and something got lost in translation.

But no.

They really mean Predicted Antwren:

"The name refers to the fact that the existence of this species was predicted before it was actually found and recognized"....

I thought it was amusing that the name polarised the review committee too.

Personally I agree with Alvaro that it's kinda cool. 

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