Short-tailed Woodstar Myrmia micrura
Version: 1.0 — Published December 12, 2014
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Myrmia micrura is monotypic.
Described as Calothorax micrurus Gould 1854; type locality "Perú".
The genus Myrmia was described by Mulsant 1876, with Calothorax micrurus Gould as the type species, and is monotypic.
Phylogenetic analysis of DNA sequence data, from both mitochondrial and nuclear genes, reveals that hummingbirds (Trochilidae) constitute nine major clades, comprising the hermits, mangos, Patagona, topazes, coquettes, brilliants, mountain-gems, bees, and emeralds (McGuire et al. 2007, 2009, 2014). Myrmia is a member of the bee clade (McGuire et al. 2014). Other genera that belong to the bee clade are Tilmatura, Calliphlox, Thaumastura, Myrtis, Rhodopis, Eulidia, Chaetocercus, Microstilbon, Doricha, Archilochus, Mellisuga, Calypte, Atthis, and Selasphorus; Myrmia and Thaumastura are sister taxa (McGuire et al. 2014).