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superfamily Sylvioidea
Fumin LEI
Article by Per ALSTR?M
Article by Urban OLSSON
Article by Fumin LEI

A review of the recent advances in the systematics of the avian superfamily Sylvioidea

Per ALSTRÖM 1,2,*, Urban OLSSON 3, Fumin LEI 1

1 Key Laboratory of Zoological Systematics and Evolution, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
2 Swedish Species Information Centre, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Box 7007, SE-750 07 Uppsala, Sweden
3 Systematics and Biodiversity, Department of Biology and Environmental Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Box 463, SE-405 30 Göteborg, Sweden


The systematics of the avian superfamily Sylvioidea are reviewed, focusing on studies of relationships among families and within genera, more superficially on taxonomic studies at the species level. For the families Bernieridae and Phylloscopidae, new analyses based on already published sequence data are presented. Our understanding of relationships has been vastly improved in recent years due to a large number of molecular studies. However, the relationships among the different families remain largely obscured, probably mainly as a result of rapid divergence of the different primary lineages (families). Also, species level taxonomy has been much improved in recent years due to a large number of studies applying molecular markers and/or vocalizations and other life-history data. It seems likely that the number of species will continue to increase, as new groups are being studied with modern integrative methods.

Keywords phylogenetic relationships   superfamily Sylvioidea   taxonomy  
Received 2013-03-10 Revised 2013-04-26 Online:  
DOI: 10.5122/cbirds.2013.0016
Corresponding Authors: Per ALSTROM
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