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The use of subspecies in the systematics of southern African white‐eyes: historical entities or eco‐geographic variants
TLDR
Geographical, discriminatory, multifaceted analyses suggest that four taxa of southern African white-eyes, Zosterops spp.
Systematics of Serinus canaries and the status of Cape and Yellow-crowned Canaries inferred from mtDNA and morphology
TLDR
The phylogeny does not support the recognition of Alario and Serinops and possibly Ochrospiza, DendroSpiza and Pseudochloroptila as distinct genera, whereas Alario is sister to Serinus canicollis whereas the others are intermingled in a clade comprised primarily by Crithagra spp.
Habitat‐driven diversification, hybridization and cryptic diversity in the Fork‐tailed Drongo (Passeriformes: Dicruridae: Dicrurus adsimilis)
TLDR
Using a thorough sampling across Afrotropical bioregions, it is suggested that the number of recognized species within the D. adsimilis superspecies complex has likely been underestimated and that mantle and upperpart coloration reflects local adaptation to different habitat structure, rather than phylogenetic relationships.
Biome stability predicts population structure of a southern African aridland bird species
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Evidence is found supporting a central role for aridland biomes in structuring populations across Southern Africa, and an instance where initial formation of a barrier to gene flow enabled population differentiation, with subsequent gene flow and the merging of populations after the barrier became permeable.
Development of twelve tetranucleotide microsatellite loci for White-eyes (Zosterops spp.) for use in phylogeographic and hybridization studies
TLDR
The isolated loci are expected to be broadly applicable to studies attempting to resolve the many taxonomic difficulties that have arisen given the rapid and recent evolutionary radiation represented by members of the Zosteropidae, particularly among the many species which are of conservation concern given their restricted geographic distributions.
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