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Molecular phylogenetics suggests a New Guinean origin and frequent episodes of founder-event speciation in the nectarivorous lories and lorikeets (Aves: Psittaciformes)

Schweizer, Manuel; Wright, Timothy; Penalba, Joshua; Schirtzinger, Erin; Joseph, Leo

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The lories and lorikeets (Aves: Loriinae: Loriini) are a readily recognizable, discrete group of nectarivorous parrots confined to the Indo-Pacific region between Wallace’s Line and the Pitcairn Island group in the central east Pacific Ocean. We present the first phylogenetic analysis of all currently recognized genera in the group using two mitochondrial and five nuclear loci. Our analyses suggest a New Guinean origin for the group at about 10 million years ago (95% HPD 4.8–14.8) but this...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/98746
Source: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2015.04.021

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