Chesser, R. T., USGS/NMNH, Washington, USA, chessert@si.edu
Cracraft, J. ., American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA, jlc@amnh.org
Moyle, R. G., University of Kansas, Lawrence, , moyle@ku.edu
Tello, J. ., American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA, tello@amnh.org
Derryberry, E. ., LSU Museum of Natural Science, Baton Rouge, USA, ederry1@lsu.edu
Claramunt, S. ., LSU Museum of Natural Science, Baton Rouge, USA, sclara1@lsu.edu
Remsen, J. V., LSU Museum of Natural Science, Baton Rouge, USA, najames@lsu.edu
Aleixo, A. ., Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi, Belem, Brazil, aleixo@museu-goeldi.br
Perez-Eman, J. ., Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela, jlperez@ciens.ucv.ve
Brumfield, R. T., LSU Museum of Natural Science, Baton Rouge, USA, brumfld@lsu.edu

TOWARD A COMPLETE PHYLOGENY OF THE FURNARIIDAE

A primary characteristic of the Neotropical avifauna is the species-richness of its endemic groups, and one of the most diverse of these is the family Furnariidae, the ovenbirds and woodcreepers. Because many furnariids exhibit what appear to be highly derived conditions of behavior, ecology, or morphology, relationships have been largely unresolved by traditional methodology, and previous molecular studies of the group have used incomplete sampling of the family. As a step toward a complete species-level phylogeny of the Furnariidae, we used a combination of mitochondrial, nuclear intron, and nuclear exon sequence to determine monophyly of and relationships among all genera of furnariids. Features of the furnariid tree, as well as aspects of biogeography and the evolution of nesting in this group, will be discussed.

Oral presentation

Session #:G14
Date: Tuesday, 8/5/08
Time: 12:15 PM

Presentation is given by student: Yes