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Phylogeny and evolution of the Meliphagoidea, the largest radiation of Australasian songbirds

Gardner, Janet; Trueman, John; Ebert, Daniel; Joseph, Leo; Magrath, Robert D


The Meliphagoidea comprises the largest radiation of Australasian passerines. Here we present the first detailed molecular phylogenetic analysis of its families and genera, particularly the Acanthizidae, using sequences from nine gene regions including both mitochondrial and nuclear DNA. Our results support some suggested relationships but challenge other groupings, particularly in Meliphagidae and Acanthizidae. Maluridae is sister to all other members of the superfamily. With appropriate taxon...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2010.02.005


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