Phylogenetic position of the Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria

  title={Phylogenetic position of the Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria},
  author={Min Zhao and Per Alstr{\"o}m and Urban Olsson and Yanhua Qu and Fumin Lei},
  journal={Journal of Ornithology},
The Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria is usually placed in a monotypic family or subfamily within the superfamily Certhioidea, with assumed close relationships to Certhia (treecreepers), Sitta (nuthatches) and Salpornis (spotted creepers). Previous studies have suggested that Tichodroma is most closely related to Sitta, alternatively to Salpornis. We analysed the relationships of Tichodroma using two mitochondrial and five nuclear loci. The tree based on concatenated sequences strongly supported a… 

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