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Sillem’s Mountain Finch Leucosticte sillemi is a valid species of rosefinch (Carpodacus, Fringillidae)
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Zoology, Systematic Zoology. Swedish Museum of Natural History, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2475-7468
2016 (English)In: Ibis, ISSN 0019-1019, E-ISSN 1474-919X, Vol. 158, no 1, 184-189 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Sillem’s Mountain Finch Leucosticte sillemi was describedin 1992 on the basis of an adult and an immature specimencollected in western Tibet in September 1929, butits taxonomic validity and phylogenetic position havebeen unclear. Based on phylogenetic analysis of mitochondrialDNA from the holotype, we show thatL. sillemi is not a colour morph of Brandt’s MountainFinch Leucosticte brandti but represents a valid, previouslyoverlooked species of rosefinch (Carpodacus) thathas secondarily acquired a pale plumage convergent onthat of Leucosticte. Sillem’s Mountain Finch is one of theleast known species of bird and represents the onlyknown species of rosefinch in which males have no reddishplumage coloration. This species and its sistertaxon, the Tibetan Rosefinch Carpodacus roborowskii,are likely to be the world’s highest-altitude sister-speciespair of birds.

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2016. Vol. 158, no 1, 184-189 p.
Keyword [en]
Carpodacus sillemi, high altitude, Leucosticte, molecul ar identification, phylogenetics, taxonomy, Tibet
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Biological Systematics
Research subject
Systematic Zoology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-135757DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12323OAI: diva2:1048694
Swedish Research Council, 621-2013-561Swedish Research Council, 621- 2014-5113
Available from: 2016-11-21 Created: 2016-11-21 Last updated: 2016-12-22Bibliographically approved

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