The Bee Hummingbird (Mellisuga helenae), a Near Threatened Cuban endemic, is iconic for its tiny size, with the male being the smallest bird in the world. In this study, one mitochondrial gene (ND2) and introns of two nuclear genes (encoding adenylate kinase and beta-fibrinogen) were sequenced and aligned to homologous sequences from other hummingbird species. With high statistical support, both Maximum Likelihood and Bayesian analyses resolved the Bee Hummingbird as sister to the Bahama Woodstar (Calliphlox evelynae or Nesophlox evelynae) and the Inagua Hummingbird (C. lyrura), rather than the congeneric Vervain Hummingbird (M. minima). This finding highlights the need for a nomenclatural rearrangement of several hummingbird species, in line with the results of recent molecular phyloge-nies.
|Number of pages||6|
|Early online date||25 Jun 2021|
|Publication status||Published - 25 Jun 2021|
- Calliphlox phylogenetics
- Ciénaga de Zapata