The evolutionary history of Eurasian redstarts, Phoenicurus

Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros) Science Article 1

abstract

The bird genus Phoenicurus comprises 10 to 11 species that occur from Europe through Asia. To resolve theirphylogenetic relationships, their phylogeography and the tempo of their evolution, the mitochondrial cytochrome-b gene wassequenced for 16 taxa. The Bayesian maximum likelihood tree and neighbor-joining dendrogram computed from the resultingdata are nearly identical. The genus seems to have diverged from turdine stock approximately 5.25

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