Phylogenetic relationships of woodcreepers (Aves: Dendrocolaptinae) - incongruence between molecular and morphological data
2004 (English)In: Journal of Avian Biology, ISSN 1600-048X, Vol. 35, no 3, 280-288 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The woodcreepers is a highly specialized lineage within the New World suboscine radiation. Most systematic studies of higher level relationships of this group rely on morphological characters, and few studies utilizing molecular data exist. In this paper, we present a molecular phylogeny of the major lineages of woodcreepers (Aves: Dendrocolaptinae), based on nucleotide sequence data from a nuclear non-coding gene region (myoglobin intron II) and a protein-coding mitochondrial gene (cytochrome b). A good topological agreement between the individual gene trees suggests that the resulting phylogeny reflects the true evolutionary history of woodcreepers well. However, the DNA-based phylogeny conflicts with the results of a parsimony analysis of morphological characters. The topological differences mainly concern the basal branches of the trees. The morphological data places the genus Drymornis in a basal position (mainly supported by characters in the hindlimb), while our data suggests it to be derived among woodcreepers. Unlike most other woodcreepers, Drymornis is ground-adapted, as are the ovenbirds. The observed morphological similarities between Drymornis and the ovenbird outgroup may thus be explained with convergence or with reversal to an ancestral state. This observation raises the question of the use of characters associated with locomotion and feeding in phylogenetic reconstruction based on parsimony.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Blackwell , 2004. Vol. 35, no 3, 280-288 p.
Research subject Zoology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-23264DOI: 10.1111/j.0908-8857.2004.03234.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-23264DiVA: diva2:190975
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-2092004-08-252004-08-252010-01-07Bibliographically approved