The phylogenetic affinities of the Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex)

@article{Mayr2003ThePA,
  title={The phylogenetic affinities of the Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex)},
  author={Gerald Mayr},
  journal={Journal f{\"u}r Ornithologie},
  year={2003},
  volume={144},
  pages={157-175}
}
  • G. Mayr
  • Published 1 April 2003
  • Biology
  • Journal für Ornithologie
The phylogenetic affinities between the shoebill (Balaenicipitidae) and pelecaniform and ciconiiform birds are analysed. A cladistic analysis of 54 anatomical characters resulted in monophyly of the taxon (Scopidae + (Balaenicipitidae + Steganopodes (sensu Cracraft 1985))) and showed both Ciconiiformes and Pelecaniformes to be polyphyletic. Derived characters which support the resulting phylogeny are discussed. Monophyly of the taxon (Scopidae + (Balaenicipitidae + Steganopodes)) is better… 

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