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Inferring the phylogeography and evolutionary history of the splendid fairy-wren Malurus splendens from mitochondrial DNA and spectrophotometry

Kearns, Anna; Joseph, Leo G; Edwards, Scott V; Double, Michael


The phylogeographic structure of the widely distributed arid and semi-arid Australian splendid fairy-wren Malurus splendens was investigated by using variation in plumage characters and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). We examined sequences of the mtDNA ND2 gene and used spectrophotometry to quantify chromatic variation in plumage in order to test the current morphology-based intraspecific taxonomy of M. splendens and to discriminate between hypotheses invoking allopatric and parapatric processes in...[Show more]

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Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Avian Biology
DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-048X.2008.04383.x


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