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Molecular evidence suggests that the enigmatic Sulawesi endemic Geomalia heinrichi belongs in the genus Zoothera (Turdidae, Aves).

Journal article
Authors Urban Olsson
Alström Per
Published in Chinese Birds
Volume 4
Issue 2
Pages 155-160
ISSN 1674-7674
Publication year 2013
Published at Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Pages 155-160
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.5122/cbirds.2013.0015
Keywords Bayesian inference, cytochrome b, myoglobin intron 2 (myo), ornithine decarboxylase (ODC) introns 6–7, taxonomy
Subject categories Biological Sciences

Abstract

The taxonomic status of the Sulawesi endemic Geomalia heinrichi has long been debated, and it has variously been treated as a babbler (Timaliidae) or a turdid (Turdidae). We estimated the phylogeny of 43 taxa in the family Turdidae based on the mitochondrial cytochrome b gene and the nuclear myoglobin intron 2 and ornithine decarboxylase introns 6–7. Geomalia heinrichi was shown to be part of the Zoothera clade with high support. We propose that Geomalia is transferred to Zoothera under the name Zoothera heinrichi.

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