Meliphagidae Phylogeny, was new Christides and Boles

Subject: Meliphagidae Phylogeny, was new Christides and Boles
From: "Michael Ramsey" <>
Date: Tue, 31 Aug 2004 18:01:21 +1000

Hi Stuart,

I would be interested in reading a copy of this paper. Could you please forward it to me.

Thanks, Michael Ramsey Whittlesea.

>From: "Stuart Cooney" <>
>To: <>
>Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Meliphagidae Phylogeny, was new Christides and Boles
>Date: Tue, 31 Aug 2004 07:56:11 +1000
>Amy Driskell and Les have just published on this matter.  If you're
>interested its a great read:
>Phylogeny and evolution of the Australo-Papuan honeyeaters (Passeriformes,
>Driskell AC, Christidis L.
>Division of Birds, Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60605,
>We analyzed nucleotide variation at four loci for 75 species to produce a
>phylogenetic hypothesis for the Meliphagidae, and to examine the evolution
>and biogeographic history of the Meliphagidae. Both maximum parsimony and
>Bayesian methods of phylogenetic analysis were employed. The family was
>found to be monophyletic, though the genera Certhionyx, Anthochaera, and
>Phylidonyris were not. Four major clades were recovered and the spinebills
>(Acanthorhynchus) formed the sister clade to the remainder of the family in
>most analyses. The Australian endemic arid-adapted chats (Epthianura,
>Ashbyia) were found to be nested deeply within the family Meliphagidae. No
>evidence was found to support the hypothesis of separate New Guinean and
>Australian endemic radiations, nor of a close phylogenetic relationship
>between taxa from the New Guinea highlands and those from Australian
>northern rainforests.
>Mol Phylogenet Evol. 2004 Jun;31(3):943-60.
>Let me know if you want me to email a pdf copy to you (its big though
>Stuart Cooney
>Birdline Victoria
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