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Chinese Birds 2013, 4(2) 155-160 DOI:   10.5122/cbirds.2013.0015  ISSN: 1674-7674 CN: 11-5870/Q

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Bayesian inference
cytochrome b
myoglobin intron 2 (myo)
ornithine decarboxylase (ODC) introns 6–7
Article by Urban OLSSON
Article by Per ALSTR?M

Molecular evidence suggests that the enigmatic Sulawesi endemic Geomalia heinrichi belongs in the genus Zoothera (Turdidae, Aves)

Urban OLSSON 1, *, Per ALSTRÖM 2,3

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


The taxonomic status of the Sulawesi endemic Geomalia heinrichi has long been debated, and it has variously been treated as a babbler (Timaliidae) or a turdid (Turdidae). We estimated the phylogeny of 43 taxa in the family Turdidae based on the mitochondrial cytochrome b gene and the nuclear myoglobin intron 2 and ornithine decarboxylase introns 6–7. Geomalia heinrichi was shown to be part of the Zoothera clade with high support. We propose that Geomalia is transferred to Zoothera under the name Zoothera heinrichi.

Keywords Bayesian inference   cytochrome b   myoglobin intron 2 (myo)   ornithine decarboxylase (ODC) introns 6–7   taxonomy  
Received 2013-03-10 Revised 2013-04-02 Online:  
DOI: 10.5122/cbirds.2013.0015
Corresponding Authors: Per ALSTROM
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