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Clades within the 'higher land birds', evaluated bg nuclear DNA sequences
Swedish Museum of Natural History, Department of Zoology.
Swedish Museum of Natural History, Department of Bioinformatics and Genetics.
Swedish Museum of Natural History, Research Division.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4143-9998
2001 (English)In: Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, ISSN 0947-5745, E-ISSN 1439-0469, Vol. 39, no 1-2, 37-51 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this study we investigated the phylogenetic relationships within the 'higher land birds' by parsimony analysis of nucleotide DNA sequences obtained from the two nuclear, protein-coding genes, c-myc and RAG-I. Nuclear genes have not previously been used to address this phylogenetic question. The results include high jackknife support for a monophyletic Apodiformes (including the Trochilidae). This arrangement was further supported by the observation of an insertion of four amino acids in the c-myc gene in all apodiform taxa. Monophyly was also inferred for each of the two piciform groups Galbulae and Pici. Within Pici, the Capitonidae was found to be paraphyletic, with the New World barbers more closely related to the Ramphastidae than to the Old World barbers. Another clade with high jackknife support consists of the Upupidae, Phoeniculidae and Bucerotidae. The families Momotidae and Todidae, and Coraciidae and Brachypteraciidae, respectively, also form well supported monophyletic clades. The results are inconclusive regarding the monophyly of the orders Coraciiformes and Piciformes, respectively.

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2001. Vol. 39, no 1-2, 37-51 p.
Keyword [en]
aves, 'higher land birds', apodiformes, caprimulgiformes, coliiformes, coraciiformes, trogoniformes, piciformes, passeriformes, phylogeny, parsimony, DNA sequences, nuclear genes, c-myc, rag-1, phylogenetic utility, gene trees, c-myc, piciformes, classification, hybridization, aves, divergences, morphology, support
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Biological Systematics
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Diversity of life
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URN: urn:nbn:se:nrm:diva-1189OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nrm-1189DiVA: diva2:797319
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Swedish Research Council
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