Friday, January 17, 2014

[Ornithology • 2009] Pnoepygidae fam. n. • Phylogeny of Babblers (Aves, Passeriformes): Major Lineages, Family Limits and Classification


Pygmy Cupwing [Wren Babbler] Pnoepyga pusilla นกจู๋เต้นจิ๋ว
by Apisit Wilaijit | http://flic.kr/p/d3oAFw 

Abstract
Babblers, family Timaliidae, have long been subject to debate on systematic position, family limits and internal taxonomy. In this study, we use five molecular regions to estimate the relationships among a large proportion of genera traditionally placed in Timaliidae. We find good support for five main clades within this radiation, and propose a new classification, dividing the babblers into the families Sylviidae and Timaliidae. Within the latter family, four subfamilies are recognized: Zosteropinae, Timaliinae, Pellorneinae and Leiothrichinae. Several taxa, previously not studied with molecular data, are phylogenetically placed within Sylviidae or Timaliidae. This is, however, not the case for the genus Pnoepyga, for which we propose the family name Pnoepygidae fam. n.

Pygmy Wren Babbler Pnoepyga pusilla นกจู๋เต้นจิ๋ว
by Apisit Wilaijit | http://flic.kr/p/d3oAFw 

Gelang, Magnus; Cibois, Alice; Pasquet, Eric; Olsson, Urban; Alström, Per; Ericson, Per G. P. 2009. Phylogeny of Babblers (Aves, Passeriformes): Major Lineages, Family Limits and Classification. Zoologica Scripta. 38 (3): 225–236. doi: dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1463-6409.2008.00374.x

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