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Near-complete phylogeny and taxonomic revision of the world's babblers (Aves: Passeriformes)

Cai, Tianlong; Cibois, Alice; Alstrom, Per; Moyle, Robert; Kennedy, Jonathan; Shao, Shimiao; Zhang, Ruiying; Irestedt, Martin; Ericson, Per; Gelang, Magnus; Qu, Yanhua; Lei, Fumin; Fjeldsa, Jon


The babblers are a diverse group of passerine birds comprising 452 species. The group was long regarded as a "scrap basket" in taxonomic classification schemes. Although several studies have assessed the phylogenetic relationships for subsets of babblers during the past two decades, a comprehensive phylogeny of this group has been lacking. In this study, we used five mitochondrial and seven nuclear loci to generate a dated phylogeny for babblers. This phylogeny includes 402 species (ca. 89% of the overall clade) from 75 genera (97%) and all five currently recognized families, providing a robust basis for taxonomic revision. Our phylogeny supports seven major clades and reveals several non-monophyletic genera. Divergence time estimates indicate that the seven major clades diverged around the same time (18-20 million years ago, Ma) in the early Miocene. We use the phylogeny in a consistent way to propose a new taxonomy, with seven families and 64 genera of babblers, and a new linear sequence of names.


Babblers; Passeriformes; Phylogeny; Supertree; Taxonomy; Rogue taxa; Temporal banding

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Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
2019, Volym: 130, sidor: 346-356

      SLU författare

    • Alström, Per

      • SLU Artdatabanken, Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
      • Chinese Academy of Sciences
      • Uppsala universitet

    Globala målen

    SDG15 Ekosystem och biologisk mångfald

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    Biologisk systematik

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