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Citation for Study 13616

About Citation title: "The phylogenetic relationships of the extant pelicans inferred from DNA sequence data".
About Study name: "The phylogenetic relationships of the extant pelicans inferred from DNA sequence data".
About This study is part of submission 13616 (Status: Published).

Citation

Kennedy M., Taylor S.A., Nádvorník P., & Spencer H. 2013. The phylogenetic relationships of the extant pelicans inferred from DNA sequence data. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, .

Authors

  • Kennedy M. (submitter)
  • Taylor S.A.
  • Nádvorník P.
  • Spencer H.

Abstract

The pelicans are a charismatic group of large water birds, whose evolutionary relationships have been long debated. Here we use DNA sequence data from both mitochondrial and nuclear genes to derive a robust phylogeny of all the extant species. Our data rejects the widespread notion that pelicans can be divided into white- and brown-plumaged groups. Instead, we find that, in contrast to all previous evolutionary hypotheses, the species fall into three well-supported clades: an Old World clade of the Dalmatian, Spot-billed, Pink-backed and Australian Pelicans, a New World clade of the American White, Brown and Peruvian Pelicans, and monospecific clade consisting solely of the Great White Pelican, weakly grouped with the Old World clade. We discuss possible evolutionary scenarios giving rise to this diversity.

Keywords

Pelicans Pelecanus Phylogeny

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