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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2013

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

Olsson, Urban; Alström, Per


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 Zoo- thera under the name Zoothera heinrichi.

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Chinese Birds
2013, volume: 4, number: 2, pages: 155-160

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Olsson, Urban
University of Gothenburg
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Swedish Species Information Centre
Chinese Academy of Sciences

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Biological Systematics
Evolutionary Biology
Bioinformatics and Systems Biology

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