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1 December 2014 Systematics of the obligate ant-following clade of antbirds (Aves: Passeriformes: Thamnophilidae)
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Results of a comprehensive molecular phylogeny of the family Thamnophilidae were consistent with earlier findings that almost all obligate army-ant-followers of the family form a monophyletic group that contains five well-supported clades and encompasses six currently recognized genera: Phaenostictus, Pithys, Willisornis, Gymnopithys, Rhegmatorhina, and Phlegopsis. A comparative analysis of seven suites of morphological, behavioral, and ecological traits within the context of the phylogeny reinforced the validity of five of these genera, but results for the sixth, Gymnopithys, were internally inconsistent and required the description of a new genus, Oneillornis.

2014 by the Wilson Ornithological Society
Morton L. Isler, Gustavo A. Bravo, and Robb T. Brumfield "Systematics of the obligate ant-following clade of antbirds (Aves: Passeriformes: Thamnophilidae)," The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 126(4), (1 December 2014). https://doi.org/10.1676/13-199.1
Received: 22 November 2013; Accepted: 1 July 2014; Published: 1 December 2014
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