Journal of Ornithology

, Volume 150, Issue 1, pp 155–165

A higher-level taxonomy for hummingbirds

  • Jimmy A. McGuire
  • Christopher C. Witt
  • J. V. RemsenJr
  • R. Dudley
  • Douglas L. Altshuler
Original Paper

Abstract

In the context of a recently published phylogenetic estimate for 151 hummingbird species, we provide an expanded informal taxonomy, as well as a formal phylogenetic taxonomy for Trochilidae that follows the precepts of the PhyloCode, but remains consistent with the hierarchical nomenclature of the Linnaean system. We compare the recently published phylogenetic hypothesis with those of prior higher-level and more taxonomically circumscribed phylogenetic studies. We recommend the recognition of nine new clade names under the PhyloCode, eight of which are consistent with tribes and one with a subfamily under the Linnaean system.

Keywords

Phylogenetic taxonomy PhyloCode Phylogeny Trochilidae 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jimmy A. McGuire
    • 1
  • Christopher C. Witt
    • 2
  • J. V. RemsenJr
    • 3
  • R. Dudley
    • 1
  • Douglas L. Altshuler
    • 4
  1. 1.Museum of Vertebrate Zoology and Department of Integrative BiologyUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.Museum of Southwestern Biology and Department of BiologyUniversity of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA
  3. 3.LSU Museum of Natural ScienceLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA
  4. 4.Department of BiologyUniversity of CaliforniaRiversideUSA

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