Phylogeny of the cuckoo genus Coccyzus (Aves: Cuculidae): A test of monophyly

  title={Phylogeny of the cuckoo genus Coccyzus (Aves: Cuculidae): A test of monophyly},
  author={Janice M. Hughes},
  journal={Systematics and Biodiversity},
  pages={483 - 488}
  • J. Hughes
  • Published 1 November 2006
  • Biology
  • Systematics and Biodiversity
Abstract Coccyzus comprises nine species of New World cuckoos (Aves: Cuculidae) that breed from southern Canada to central South America. The phylogeny of this genus was reconstructed using 2490 base pairs of the mitochondrial genes cytochrome oxidase II and III, and cytochrome b. Maximum likelihood, maximum parsimony, and Bayesian inference approaches produced similar topologies in which Coccyzus, as currently classified, is polyphyletic. Topological‐constraint analyses demonstrated that trees… 
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