A molecular phylogenetic hypothesis for the manakins (Aves: Pipridae)
Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Phylogenetic relationships among the 14 manakin genera were inferred from DNA sequence data obtained from both mitochondrial and nuclear DNA loci. Phylogenetic analysis resulted in a well-supported hypothesis that corroborates a sister relationship between tyrant-manakins and the “core” manakins (Antilophia, Chiroxiphia, Corapipo, Dixiphia, Heterocercus, Ilicura, Lepidothrix, Manacus, Masius, Machaeropterus, Pipra, and Xenopipo). Our data strongly support these core manakin genera as a monophyletic group. Consistent with previous work, we find two major clades within the core manakins, although the placement of the genus Xenopipo with regards to these two clades is ambiguous. Generic relationships within these clades are generally well resolved. Although we find some concordance between our study and a previous manakin phylogeny based on syringeal characters, we note several fundamental differences between the phylogenies. Thus, we offer a new phylogenetic hypothesis for Pipridae.
McKay, Bailey D.; Barker, F. Keith; Mays, Herman L.; Doucet, Stéphanie M.; and Hill, Geoffrey E., "A molecular phylogenetic hypothesis for the manakins (Aves: Pipridae)" (2010). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 55, 2, 733-737.