Journal article

The Bostrychia tenella species complex: morphospecies and genetic cryptic species with resurrection of B. binderi

Giuseppe C Zuccarello, Narongrit Muangmai, Maren Preuss, Laura B Sanchez, Susan Loiseaux de Goer, John A West



The question of whether morphological differences observed in specimens is due to multiple species or one variable species has always caused problems for taxonomists. The most recent taxonomic treatment of the 'Bostrychia tenella species complex' suggested that much of the morphological variation represented a single highly variable entity. We used molecular data from all three genomes to clarify the phylogeny, species status and phylogeography of samples collected worldwide and also in sympatry of this complex. Our data strongly support five genetic species in this complex, but only three morphological entities were recognized. The first, divided into two genetic species, fits characters as..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank staff of the Royal Botanical Garden Melbourne herbarium for help with B. binderi type specimens. The following people were helpful in collections: Rosario Braga (Brazil), Nida Calumpong (Philippines), Judy Connor (Panama), John Huisman (Australia), Jhoana Larrea (Cuba), Chris Lobban (Guam) and Laurie Sullivan (Belize). Long-term financing for this work was provided through personal funds of J.A.W. and from the Australian Research Council, Australian Biological Resources Study and Hermon Slade Foundation grants to J.A.W./G.C.Z.