Russian Journal of Ecology, ( ISI ), Volume (44), No (3), Year (2013-7) , Pages (251-259)

Title : ( Morphological Relationships of the Wheatears (genus Oenanthe) )

Authors: Mohammad Kaboli , Mansour Aliabadian , Atefeh Chamani , Eric Pasquet , Roger Prodon ,

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Abstract

The genus Oenanthe comprises approximately 22 species, of which 16 species are restricted to the desert belt of the Palaearctic and Afrotropic regions, where they are often the most conspicuous passerines. Although they have been the subjects of some morphological and ecological studies, no complete morpho metrical data has been used to verify their taxonomic relationships, and, the species relationships are still debated. Overall morphometrical similarities between Wheatears and their relationships in size and shape were assessed using measurements of 27 biometrical variables on 417 museum specimens. The 22 Wheatearspecies comprise some morphological groups: long migratory vegetationtolerant species (O. pleschanka, O. hispanica, O. cypriaca and O. deserti), grounddwelling migratory (O. isabellina and O. oenanthe), and sedentary (O. bottae, O. heuglini and O. pileata) of steppelike habitants, relatively heavy and rockdwelling species (O. leucura and O. monticola), inhabiting the most arid areas (O. monacha, O. leucopyga and O. alboniger), and finally a central core of mediumsized partial migrants, largely overlapping in morphometric space, that do not present any evident specialization (O. lugens, O. chrysopygia, O. xanthoprymna and O. finschii). It seems Wheatear species are well distributed in a morphospace of size and shape with moderate overlaps and few hiatuses corresponding to a morphological continuum of species. Furthermore, our results largely hiatuses corresponding to a morphological continuum of species. Furthermore, our results largely differ from previous phylogenetic hypotheses (based on ecological, behavioural, and chromatic characters), but, are in congruence with molecular data.

Keywords

, Oenanthe, Wheatears, morphological similarities/dissimilarities, phylogeny
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@article{paperid:1038316,
author = {Mohammad Kaboli and Aliabadian, Mansour and Atefeh Chamani and Eric Pasquet and Roger Prodon},
title = {Morphological Relationships of the Wheatears (genus Oenanthe)},
journal = {Russian Journal of Ecology},
year = {2013},
volume = {44},
number = {3},
month = {July},
issn = {1067-4136},
pages = {251--259},
numpages = {8},
keywords = {Oenanthe; Wheatears; morphological similarities/dissimilarities; phylogeny},
}

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%0 Journal Article
%T Morphological Relationships of the Wheatears (genus Oenanthe)
%A Mohammad Kaboli
%A Aliabadian, Mansour
%A Atefeh Chamani
%A Eric Pasquet
%A Roger Prodon
%J Russian Journal of Ecology
%@ 1067-4136
%D 2013

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