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Molecular phylogenetics of the wrens and allies (Passeriformes, Certhioidea), with comments on the relationships of Ferminia. (American Museum novitates, no. 3887)

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dc.contributor.author Barker, F. Keith (Frederick Keith)
dc.date.accessioned 2017-12-11T16:40:39Z
dc.date.available 2017-12-11T16:40:39Z
dc.date.issued 2017-12-08
dc.identifier.uri http://digitallibrary.amnh.org/handle/2246/6816
dc.description 27 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm. en_US
dc.description.abstract The superfamily Certhioidea is distributed on four continents and while comprising relatively few species, includes forms as diverse as creepers, nuthatches, gnatcatchers, and wrens. Previous attempts to infer the phylogeny of this lineage have focused on its higher-level relationships, consequently undersampling the New World wrens. This study reports the first nearly genus-level sampling of certhioids, based on concatenated and species tree analyses of 8520 bases of DNA sequence data from six gene regions. These analyses, while failing to completely resolve basal certhioid relationships, corroborate the monophyly of a diverse New World clade of gnatcatchers, gnatwrens, and wrens, and significantly improve our understanding of wren relationships. The inferred relationships among certhioids and wrens support an Old World origin for these lineages, with dispersal of the New World clade in the mid-Miocene, suggesting expansion and early diversification of the lineage through North America. This scenario suggests a minimum of six independent dispersal events into South America in this lineage, at least some likely to have been made prior to the Pliocene. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher American Museum of Natural History. en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries American Museum novitates;no.3887.
dc.relation.uri https://doi.org/10.5531/sd.sp.28
dc.subject Certhioidea. en_US
dc.subject Wrens. en_US
dc.subject Ferminia. en_US
dc.subject Phylogeny -- Molecular aspects. en_US
dc.title Molecular phylogenetics of the wrens and allies (Passeriformes, Certhioidea), with comments on the relationships of Ferminia. (American Museum novitates, no. 3887) en_US


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    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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