A molecular phylogeny of the harriers (Circus, Accipitridae) indicate the role of long distance dispersal and migration in diversification.

@article{Oatley2015AMP,
  title={A molecular phylogeny of the harriers (Circus, Accipitridae) indicate the role of long distance dispersal and migration in diversification.},
  author={Graeme Oatley and Robert E. Simmons and J{\'e}r{\^o}me Fuchs},
  journal={Molecular phylogenetics and evolution},
  year={2015},
  volume={85},
  pages={150-60}
}
The monophyly of the raptorial Circus genus (harriers) has never been in question, but the specific status of many, often vulnerable island endemic, taxa remains uncertain. Here we utilise one mitochondrial and three nuclear loci from all currently recognised Circus taxa (species and subspecies) to infer a robust phylogeny, to estimate the divergence date and to reconstruct the biogeographic origins of the Circus group. Our phylogeny supports both the monophyly of Circus and polyphyly of the… CONTINUE READING