Biochemical Genetics

, Volume 50, Issue 11–12, pp 959–966 | Cite as

Polyphyletic Origin of the Genus Amaurornis Inferred from Molecular Phylogenetic Analysis of Rails

  • Luzhang RuanEmail author
  • Yushi Wang
  • Jinrun Hu
  • Yi Ouyang


The Rallidae (a family of wading birds) are distributed worldwide and occupy diverse habitats (Slikas et al. 2002). Apart from the coots and some moorhens, most of these birds live on the ground in dense vegetation and are very difficult to observe (Wang 2006). About 15 endemic rail species are distributed in eastern Asia (Wang 2006), but unfortunately, most of the habitats for these taxa are disappearing rapidly and some species are becoming endangered. Previous phylogenetic studies of some Asian rails were unable to resolve some of the deeper relationship patterns (Livezey 1998; Sibley and Ahlquist 1990; Slikas et al. 2002). In this study, we took a molecular approach, using mitochondrial DNA sequences to examine the relationships among these species.

Materials and Methods

DNA Extraction, PCR Amplification, and Sequencing

Cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI) and cytochrome b (CYTB) sequences were obtained from 10 of the 15 extant rail species (Table  1; Wang 2006)...


Codon Position Much Recent Common Ancestor Parsimony Informative Character Substantial Node Potential Scale Reduction Factor 
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We thank the Chinese Natural Science Foundations (No. 30960052 and 31260510) and the Jiangxi Province Education Foundation (GJJ12002) for their financial support to this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luzhang Ruan
    • 1
    Email author
  • Yushi Wang
    • 1
  • Jinrun Hu
    • 1
  • Yi Ouyang
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Life Sciences and Food Engineering, Nanchang UniversityNanchangChina

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