Phylogenetic definitions for Caprimulgimorphae (Aves) and major constituent clades under the International Code of Phylogenetic Nomenclature

Chen, A. and Field, D. J. (2020) Phylogenetic definitions for Caprimulgimorphae (Aves) and major constituent clades under the International Code of Phylogenetic Nomenclature. Vertebrate Zoology. DOI https://doi.org/10.26049/VZ70-4-2020-03

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Abstract

Phylogenetic nomenclature, a system of taxonomic nomenclature in which taxon names are defined based on phylogenetic relationships, has been widely adopted in recent decades, particularly by vertebrate palaeontologists. However, formal regulation of this taxonomic system had been non-existent until the recent implementation of the International Code of Phylogenetic Nomenclature (PhyloCode). To fulfil the requirements of the PhyloCode, we explicitly establish phylogenetic definitions that we recommended in a recent phylogenetic study on the avian taxon Caprimulgimorphae (which includes nightjars, potoos, frogmouths, swifts, hummingbirds, and others) and many of its major constituent subclades. Two new names are coined: Sedentaves (for the smallest crown clade uniting Steatornis and Nyctibiidae) and Letornithes (for the smallest crown clade uniting Podargidae and Daedalornithes). We also briefly review the fossil record and diagnostic morphological apomorphies of caprimulgimorph clades for which relevant information is available.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2020AREP; IA76
Subjects: 04 - Palaeobiology
Divisions: 04 - Palaeobiology
07 - Gold Open Access
Journal or Publication Title: Vertebrate Zoology
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.26049/VZ70-4-2020-03
Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2020 01:33
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2021 12:06
URI: http://eprints.esc.cam.ac.uk/id/eprint/4933

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