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Rapid diversification and secondary sympatry in Australo-Pacific kingfishers (Aves : Alcedinidae : Todiramphus) [Royal Society Open Science]

par Frédéric Magné - publié le , mis à jour le

Todiramphus chloris is the most widely distributed of the Pacific’s ‘great speciators’. Its 50 subspecies constitute a species complex that is distributed over 16 000 km from the Red Sea to Polynesia. We present, to our knowledge, the first comprehensive molecular phylogeny of this enigmatic radiation of kingfishers. Ten Pacific Todiramphus species are embedded within the T. chloris complex, rendering it paraphyletic...

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