Systematic relationships and biogeography of the tracheophone suboscines (Aves: Passeriformes)
2002 (English)In: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, ISSN 1055-7903, Vol. 23, no 3, 499-512 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Based on their highly specialized “tracheophone” syrinx, the avian families Furnariidae (ovenbirds), Dendrocolaptidae (woodcreepers), Formicariidae (ground antbirds), Thamnophilidae (typical antbirds), Rhinocryptidae (tapaculos), and Conopophagidae (gnateaters) have long been recognized to constitute a monophyletic group of suboscine passerines. However, the monophyly of these families have been contested and their interrelationships are poorly understood, and this constrains the possibilities for interpreting adaptive tendencies in this very diverse group. In this study we present a higher-level phylogeny and classification for the tracheophone birds based on phylogenetic analyses of sequence data obtained from 32 ingroup taxa. Both mitochondrial (cytochrome b) and nuclear genes (c-myc, RAG-1, and myoglobin) have been sequenced, and more than 3000 bp were subjected to parsimony and maximum-likelihood analyses. The phylogenetic signals in the mitochondrial and nuclear genes were compared and found to be very similar. The results from the analysis of the combined dataset (all genes, but with transitions at third codon positions in the cytochrome b excluded) partly corroborate previous phylogenetic hypotheses, but several novel arrangements were also suggested. Especially interesting is the result that the genus Melanopareia represents a basal branch within the tracheophone group, positioned in the phylogenetic tree well away from the typical tapaculos with which it has been supposed to group. Other novel results include the observation that the ground antbirds are paraphyletic and that Sclerurus is the sister taxon to an ovenbird–woodcreeper clade. Patterns of generic richness within each clade suggest that the early differentiation of feeble-winged forest groups took place south of the Amazon Basin, while the more recent diversification was near the equator and (in tapaculos and ovenbirds) in the south of the continent
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier , 2002. Vol. 23, no 3, 499-512 p.
Research subject Zoology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-23263DOI: 10.1016/S1055-7903(02)00034-9OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-23263DiVA: diva2:190974
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-2092004-08-252004-08-252010-01-07Bibliographically approved