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Speciation in African forest robins (Stiphronis) : species limits, phylogentic relationships, and molecular biology. American Museum novitates ; no. 3270

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dc.contributor.author Beresford, Pamela, ornithologist. en_US
dc.contributor.author Cracraft, Joel. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2005-10-06T16:48:04Z
dc.date.available 2005-10-06T16:48:04Z
dc.date.issued 1999 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2246/3048
dc.description 22 p. : ill. (some col.), map ; 26 cm. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 19-21). en_US
dc.description.abstract "The monotypic genus Stiphrornis (Aves: Turdidae) is revised under a phylogenetic species concept to include four species, one of which, from the southwest Central African Republic, is new. Mitochondrial DNA sequence data are analyzed to explore the phylogenetic relationships within Stiphrornis. These data indicate relatively high levels of sequence divergence among the species and corroborate their recognition as diagnosable taxa, a conclusion also supported by morphological evidence. These findings, along with the allopatric distributions of the species, compel attention to their phylogenetic and spatial history, which was not explored when this group was ascribed to a single "biological" species. Data reviewed here also suggest that the northwest Congo Basin forest, where the new species was discovered, is more zoogeographically complex than has been previously sus-pected. In addition, application of a phylogenetic species concept emphasizes the narrow endemism of S. gabonensis and S. sanghensis, along with its implications for conserving their threatened habitats. The findings of this paper also reinforce the notion that patterns of geographic variation in the lowland forests of West and Central Africa are still incompletely understood and that the impact of environmental and geological history on the diversification of the forest avifauna has not yet been fully explored"--P. [1]. en_US
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dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language eng en_US
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher New York, NY : American Museum of Natural History en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries American Museum novitates ; no. 3270 en_US
dc.subject.lcc QL1 .A436 no.3270, 1999 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Stiphronis sanghensis en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Stiphronis -- Variation. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Stiphronis -- Molecular genetics. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Birds -- Central African Republic en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Birds -- Variation -- Africa, Sub-Saharan. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Birds -- Africa, Sub-Saharan -- Molecular genetics. en_US
dc.title Speciation in African forest robins (Stiphronis) : species limits, phylogentic relationships, and molecular biology. American Museum novitates ; no. 3270 en_US
dc.title.alternative African forest robins en_US
dc.type text en_US


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  • American Museum Novitates
    Novitates (Latin for "new acquaintances"), published continuously and numbered consecutively since 1921, are short papers that contain descriptions of new forms and reports in zoology, paleontology, and geology. New numbers are published at irregular intervals.

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