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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2013

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

Alström, Per; Olsson, Urban; Lei, Fumin


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.

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Chinese Birds
2013, volume: 4, number: 2, pages: 99-131

Authors' information

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Swedish Species Information Centre
Olsson, Urban
University of Gothenburg
Lei, Fumin

UKÄ Subject classification

Evolutionary Biology
Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
Biological Systematics

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