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Systematic revision of the avian family Cisticolidae based on a multi-locus phylogeny of all genera

Journal article
Authors Urban Olsson
M. Irestedt
G. Sangster
P. G. P. Ericson
P. Alstrom
Published in Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Volume 66
Issue 3
Pages 790-799
ISSN 1055-7903
Publication year 2013
Published at Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Pages 790-799
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ympev.2012.11....
Keywords Bayesian inference, Maximum likelihood, Indels, Ayes Passeriformes, Taxonomy, dna sequence data, molecular phylogeny, mitochondrial-dna, superfamily, sylvioidea, bayesian-inference, mixed models, passeriformes, nuclear, aves, warblers
Subject categories Biological Sciences

Abstract

The avian taxon Cisticolidae includes c. 110 species which are distributed throughout the tropical and subtropical parts of the Old World. We estimated the phylogeny of 47 species representing all genera assumed to be part of Cisticolidae based on sequence data from two mitochondrial and two nuclear markers, in total 3495 bp. Bayesian inference and maximum likelihood analyses resulted in a generally well-supported phylogeny which clarified the position of several previously poorly known taxa. The placement of Drymocichla, Malcorus, Micromacronus, Oreophilais, Phragmacia, Phyllolais, Poliolais and Urorhipis in Cisticolidae is corroborated, whereas Rhopophilus and Scotocerca are removed from Cisticolidae. Urorhipis and Heliolais are placed in the genus Prinia whereas Prinia burnesii is shown to be part of Timaliidae, and is placed in the genus Laticilla. Although not recovered by all single loci independently, four major clades were identified within Cisticolidae, and one of these is here described as a new taxon (Neomixinae).

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