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Convergent evolution of morphological and ecological traits in the open-habitat chat complex (Aves, Muscicapidae: Saxicolinae).
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2012 (English)In: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, ISSN 1055-7903, E-ISSN 1095-9513, Vol. 65, no 1, 35-45 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Open-habitat chats (genera Myrmecocichla, Cercomela, Oenanthe and relative) are a morphologically and ecologically cohesive group of genera with unclear phylogenetic relationships. They are distributed mostly in open, arid and/or rocky habitats of Africa and Eurasia. Here, we present the most comprehensive molecular phylogenetic analysis of this group to date, with a complete taxon sampling at the species level. The analysis, based on a multilocus dataset including three mitochondrial and three nuclear loci, allows us to elucidate the phylogenetic relationships and test the traditional generic limits. All genera are non-monophyletic, suggesting extensive convergence on similar plumage patterns in unrelated species. While the colour pattern appear to be a poor predictor of the phylogenetic relationships, some of the ecological and behavioural traits agree relatively well with the major clades. Following our results, we also propose a revised generic classification for the whole group.

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2012. Vol. 65, no 1, 35-45 p.
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Molecular phylogeny, Systematics, Passeriformes, Wheatears, Saxicolinae
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Evolutionary Biology Biological Systematics
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Diversity of life
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URN: urn:nbn:se:nrm:diva-403DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2012.05.011PubMedID: 22634240OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nrm-403DiVA: diva2:734811
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Swedish Research Council, 621-2007-5280
Available from: 2014-07-21 Created: 2014-07-21 Last updated: 2014-07-21Bibliographically approved

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