Tepui Tinamou Crypturellus ptaritepui
Version: 1.0 — Published March 7, 2014
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Crypturellus ptaritepui is monotypic.
Described as Crypturellus ptaritepui Zimmer and Phelps 1945; type locality Cerro Ptari-tepuí, southwest slope, Gran Sabana, Bolívar, Venezuela, 1700 m
Monophyly of the genus Crypturellus is well supported by phylogenetic analyses of both morphological and genetic characters (Bertelli et al 2002, Bertelli and Porzecanski 2004). A phylogenetic analysis of morphological characters failed to resolve the affinities of Crypturellus ptaritepui (Bertelli et al. 2002), but phylogenetic analysis combining morphological and genetic characters suggests that ptaritepui is basal to the species pair Crypturellus berlepschi (Berlepsch’s Tinamou) and Crypturelleus cinereus (Cinereous Tinamou) (Bertelli and Porzecanski 2004).