volume 12, issue 2, P224-239 1999
DOI: 10.1006/mpev.1999.0611
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Kevin E. Omland, Scott M. Lanyon, Sabine J. Fritz

Abstract: We sequenced 2005 bp of the mitochondrial ND2 and cytochrome b genes from the 25 recognized species of New World orioles (Icterus). Our data confirmed the monophyly of Icterus and produced a well-resolved phylogeny showing three main clades of orioles. We also sequenced multiple subspecies for most polytypic taxa. Our findings demonstrated the importance of dense taxon sampling below the species level in two ways. First, we found evidence that two species are polyphyletic, I. galbula (Northern oriole) and I. d…

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