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Zoological Research
Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
ISSN: 2095-8137
Vol. 28, No. 3, 2007, pp. 291-296
Bioline Code: zr07045
Full paper language: Chinese
Document type: Research Article
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Zoological Research, Vol. 28, No. 3, 2007, pp. 291-296

 en Phylogeny of Some Muscicapinae Genera and Species Inferred from Mitochondrial Gene COI Sequences
LEI Xin; LIAN Zhen-min; LEI Fu-min; YIN Zuo-hua & ZHAO Hong-feng


This paper investigates phylogenetic relationships within the Muscicapinae based on analysis of cytochrome oxidase I mitochondrial gene sequences (1 176 bp). Sixteen species representing six of eight putative Muscicapinae genera were analysed, and Dicrurus hottentottus check for this species in other resources and Lanius isabellinus check for this species in other resources were selected as outgroups. Phylogenetic trees were reconstructed using the Bayesian (BI), maximum likelihood (ML) and maximum parsimony (MP) methods. The results suggest that Terpsiphone, Rhipidura and Culicicapa are distant relatives of the other genera of Muscicapinae, and Rhipidura is a close relative of Culicicapa. Muscicapa is a monophyletic taxon, but the phylogenetic relationships of Muscicapa, Niltava and Ficedula are still uncertain. Our results suggest that Muscicapa thalassina check for this species in other resources should be placed in Niltava. These results resolve the phylogenetic relationships among some genera of Muscicapinae and provide some molecular phylogenetic evidence for taxonomic research of Muscicapinae.

Muscicapinae COI gene DNA sequence Phylogeny

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