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Phylogenetic position of the Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria

Journal article
Authors M. Zhao
P. Alström
Urban Olsson
Y. Qu
F. Lei
Published in Journal of Ornithology = Journal fur Ornithologie
Volume 157
Issue 3
Pages 913-918
ISSN 0021-8375
Publication year 2016
Published at Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Pages 913-918
Language en
Keywords Passeriformes, Phylogeny, Systematics, Taxonomy
Subject categories Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Botany


The Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria is usually placed in a monotypic family or subfamily within the superfamily Certhioidea, with assumed close relationships to Certhia (treecreepers), Sitta (nuthatches) and Salpornis (spotted creepers). Previous studies have suggested that Tichodroma is most closely related to Sitta, alternatively to Salpornis. We analysed the relationships of Tichodroma using two mitochondrial and five nuclear loci. The tree based on concatenated sequences strongly supported a sister relationship between Tichodroma and Sitta, as well as between Salpornis and Certhia. However, species tree analysis (MP-EST) was unable to resolve these relationships, and although the concatenation tree remains the best hypothesis, more data are needed to corroborate this. © 2016, Dt. Ornithologen-Gesellschaft e.V.

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