Journal of Ornithology

, Volume 149, Issue 3, pp 399–413

Mitochondrial phylogeographies of five widespread Eurasian bird species

  • Robert M. Zink
  • Alexandra Pavlova
  • Sergei Drovetski
  • Sievert Rohwer
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10336-008-0276-z

Cite this article as:
Zink, R.M., Pavlova, A., Drovetski, S. et al. J Ornithol (2008) 149: 399. doi:10.1007/s10336-008-0276-z
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Abstract

Five species of Eurasian birds displayed a range of mitochondrial DNA phylogeographic structures, including a single widespread lineage (common sandpiper), two geographically unsorted and closely related lineages (long-tailed tit), three partially overlapping closely related lineages (reed bunting), and two divergent geographically isolated lineages that rival species distinction (red-breasted flycatcher and skylark). Only the red-breasted flycatcher and the skylark displayed congruent phylogeographic structures. These five species represent different stages of diversification and speciation. There was little evidence that natural selection had influenced mitochondrial NADH dehydrogenase subunit 2 (ND2) sequences. In several instances, population growth was hypothesized, based on haplotype distributions within populations.

Keywords

PhylogeographyMitochondrial DNA (mtDNA)Population structureGene flowSpecies limitsMismatch distribution

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© Dt. Ornithologen-Gesellschaft e.V. 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert M. Zink
    • 1
  • Alexandra Pavlova
    • 1
    • 4
  • Sergei Drovetski
    • 2
  • Sievert Rohwer
    • 3
  1. 1.Bell Museum, University of MinnesotaSt PaulUSA
  2. 2.Department of Biological SciencesUniversity of Alaska AnchorageAnchorageUSA
  3. 3.Burke Museum and Department of BiologyUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  4. 4.School of Biological SciencesMonash UniversityClaytonAustralia