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Cryptic Antthrush
Chamaeza meruloides
Common Name Such's Antthrush
Range southeastern Brazil
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Formicariidae
Genus Chamaeza
Species Chamaeza meruloides
Conservation Status
Least Concern

The Cryptic antthrush (Chamaeza meruloides), also known as the Such's antthrush, is a species of antthrush in the Formicariidae family. It is endemic to Atlantic Forest in southeastern Brazil. Although first described almost 200 years ago, it was long overlooked (hence, cryptic) due to confusion with the rufous-tailed antthrush and short-tailed antthrush, which inhabit the same region. The cryptic antthrush is mainly found at altitudes above the short-tailed antthrush, but below the rufous-tailed antthrush. When Nicholas Aylward Vigors described this species in 1825, he based it on two specimens collected by George Such, and this is the reason for the other common name, Such's antthrush.