Speciation of Flightless Rails on Islands: A DNA-Based Phylogeny of the Typical Rails of the Pacific

@inproceedings{Kirchman2012SpeciationOF,
  title={Speciation of Flightless Rails on Islands: A DNA-Based Phylogeny of the Typical Rails of the Pacific},
  author={Jeremy J. Kirchman},
  year={2012}
}
ABSTRACT. The living and extinct flightless rails of the Pacific are among the most species-rich examples of parallel evolution in vertebrates. The “typical” rails of this region comprise a diverse assemblage of long-billed species variously placed in the genera Rallus, Lewinia, Nesoclopeus, Gallirallus, Habropteryx, Tricholimnas, Aramidopsis, Amaurornis, Eulabeornis, and Habroptila. I present a phylogenetic hypothesis for this group based on Bayesian and maximum likelihood analyses of 12S… 
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