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Supermatrix phylogeny and biogeography of the Australasian Meliphagides radiation (Aves: Passeriformes)
Univ Copenhagen, Nat Hist Museum, Ctr Macroecol Evolut & Climate, Univ Pk 15, DK-2100 Copenhagen, Denmark.;Univ Oslo, Nat Hist Museum, POB 1172, N-0318 Oslo, Norway..
Univ Copenhagen, Nat Hist Museum, Ctr Macroecol Evolut & Climate, Univ Pk 15, DK-2100 Copenhagen, Denmark..ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1875-9504
Swedish Museum Nat Hist, Dept Bioinformat & Genet, SE-10405 Stockholm, Sweden..ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1680-6861
Australian Museum, Australian Museum Res Inst, 1 William St, Sydney, NSW 2010, Australia..
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2017 (English)In: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, ISSN 1055-7903, E-ISSN 1095-9513, Vol. 107, 516-529 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

With nearly 300 species, the infraorder Meliphagides represents one of the largest and most conspicuous Australasian bird radiations. Although the group has been the focus of a number of recent phylogenetic studies, a comprehensive species-level phylogenetic hypothesis is still lacking. This has impeded the assessment of broad-scale evolutionary, biogeographic and ecological hypotheses. In the present study, we use a supermatrix approach including five mitochondrial and four nuclear markers to infer a time calibrated phylogeny of the Meliphagides. Our phylogeny, which includes 286 of the 289 (99%) currently recognized species, is largely congruent with previous estimates. However, the addition of 60 newly sequenced species reveals some novel relationships. Our biogeographic analyses suggest an Australian origin for the group in the early Oligocene (31.3 Mya, 95% HPD 25.2-38.2 Mya). In addition, we find that dispersal events out of Australia have been numerous and frequent, particularly to New Guinea, which has also been the source of multiple back-colonizations to the Australian mainland. The phylogeny provides an important framework for studying a wide variety of macroecological and macroevolutionary themes, including character evolution, origin and timing of diversification, biogeographic patterns and species responses to climate change. (C) 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE , 2017. Vol. 107, 516-529 p.
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Meliphagides, Molecular phylogeny, Systematics, Australia, New Guinea, Honeyeaters
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Ecosystems and species history
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URN: urn:nbn:se:nrm:diva-2715DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2016.12.021ISI: 000394200500048PubMedID: 28017855OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nrm-2715DiVA: diva2:1170129
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Swedish Research Council, 621-2014-5113
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