Whats in a name

Subject: Whats in a name
From: Andrew Taylor <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2007 23:36:17 +1000
On Thu, Jul 26, 2007 at 10:40:26PM +1000, Greg wrote:
> The argument for including it in the same genus as the
> Black-necked and Saddlebilled Storks is thin.

I was looking at the molecular data in the ref below.  Not conclusive,
but it supports a close relationship  between Ephippiorhynchus and
Jabiru, apparently closer than between the various Ciconia congeners if
I'm reading it correctly.   And it argues against a close relationship
with Leptoptilos.  


"Phylogeny of the avian family Ciconiidae (storks) based on cytochrome
b sequences and DNA-DNA hybridization distances" Slikas B 1997 MOLECULAR

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