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Discovery of a relict lineage and monotypic family of passerine birds.

Journal article
Authors Per Alström
Daniel HOOPER
Yang Liu
Urban Olsson
D MOHAN
Magnus Gelang
LE MANH
Fumin Lei
Trevor Price
Published in Biology Letters
Volume 10
Issue 3
Pages artikel nr 20131067
ISSN 1744-9561
Publication year 2014
Published at Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Pages artikel nr 20131067
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2013.1067
Subject categories Biological Sciences

Abstract

Analysis of one of the most comprehensive datasets to date of the largest passerine bird clade, Passerida, identified 10 primary well-supported lineages corresponding to Sylvioidea, Muscicapoidea, Certhioidea, Passeroidea, the ‘bombycillids’ (here proposed to be recognized as Bombycilloidea), Paridae/Remizidae (proposed to be recognized as Paroidea), Stenostiridae, Hyliotidae, Regulidae (proposed to be recognized as Reguloidea) and spotted wren-babbler Spelaeornis formosus. The latter was found on a single branch in a strongly supported clade with Muscicapoidea, Certhioidea and Bombycilloidea, although the relationships among these were unresolved. We conclude that the spotted wren-babbler represents a relict basal lineage within Passerida with no close extant relatives, and we support the already used name Elachura formosa and propose the new family name Elachuridae for this single species.

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