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Relationships and radiations in the meliphagine honey eaters, meliphaga, lichenostomus and xanthotis (Aves: Meliphagidae): Protein evidence and its integration with morphology and ecogeography

L Christidis, R Schodde

Australian Journal of Zoology | Published : 1993

Abstract

Protein electrophoresis was carried out on 32 of the c. 40 species of meliphagine honeyeaters and integrated with external morphology and ecogeography to clarify component lineages and their inter-relationships. Three primary lineages were identified, corroborating precisely the three controversial genera currently recognised in the Australo-Papuan region: (1) Lichenostomus with 20 species centred in Australian sclerophyllous habitats, (2) Meliphaga with 12 species in lowland New Guinean and Australian rainforests, and (3) Xanthotis with 3 species in Australo-Papuan rainforests. Except for the L. flavus-L. unicolor group, electrophoresis failed to corroborate consistently any of the morpholo..

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