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Gross morphology betrays phylogeny: the Scrub Warbler Scotocerca inquieta is not a cisticolid

Journal article
Authors Alström Per
Fjeldså Jon
Fregin Silke
Urban Olsson
Published in Ibis
Volume 153
Issue 1
Pages 87-97
ISSN 0019-1019
Publication year 2011
Published at Department of Zoology
Pages 87-97
Language en
Links https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1474-919X...
Keywords Author Keywords:Cettiidae; Cisticolidae; mitochondrial DNA; morphology; nuclear DNA; Passeriformes; phylogeny; Sylvioidea KeyWords Plus:MITOCHONDRIAL-DNA; MOLECULAR PHYLOGENY; PASSERIDA AVES; SEQUENCE DATA; PASSERIFORMES; NUCLEAR; PHYLLOSCOPUS; INFERENCE; TREE; CLASSIFICATION
Subject categories Morphology, Biological Systematics

Abstract

The Scrub Warbler, which inhabits arid areas from North Africa to western Asia, has long been thought to be closely related to cisticolid warblers. However, analyses based on two mitochondrial and four nuclear loci place this species sister to the mainly Asian Cettiidae (bush warblers, tesias, etc.). Superficial morphological similarity to cisticolid warblers has previously clouded the species true relationship. Detailed morphology, such as facial bristles and claw and footpad structure, also supports a closer relationship to Cettiidae and some other non-cisticolid warblers.

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