Taxonomic status of the extinct Canary Islands Oystercatcher Haematopus meadewaldoi

Tereza Senfeld, Thomas Shannon, Hein Vangrouw, Dane M. Paijmans, Erika S. Tavares, Allan J. Baker, Alexander C. Lees, J. Martin Collinson (Corresponding Author)

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Mitochondrial genes were sequenced from four specimens of the extinct Canary Islands Oystercatcher Haematopus meadewaldoi, and compared to African Oystercatcher H. moquini, Eurasian Oystercatcher H. ostralegus, and an old unidentified extralimital ‘black’ oystercatcher specimen from The Gambia. At these loci, H. meadewaldoi was approximately 99.65% identical to multiple Eurasian Oystercatcher samples and in phylogenetic trees fell within the range of genetic variation observed in that species. The mystery Gambian bird was resolved as an extralimital H. moquini. We conclude that H. meadewaldoi was most likely a recently diverged melanistic morph or subspecies of H. ostralegus, though further genomic studies will be required to determine if there has been a period of isolation followed by introgression.
Original languageEnglish
JournalIbis
Early online date16 Sep 2019
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 16 Sep 2019

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Gambia
introgression
Canary Islands
subspecies
genetic variation
genomics
bird
phylogenetics
loci
gene
birds
phylogeny
genes
sampling

Keywords

  • Oystercatcher
  • Canary Islands
  • The Gambia
  • phylogeny
  • genetics
  • oystercatcher
  • IQ-TREE
  • BIRDS

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Senfeld, T., Shannon, T., Vangrouw, H., Paijmans, D. M., Tavares, E. S., Baker, A. J., ... Collinson, J. M. (2019). Taxonomic status of the extinct Canary Islands Oystercatcher Haematopus meadewaldoi. Ibis. https://doi.org/10.1111/ibi.12778

Taxonomic status of the extinct Canary Islands Oystercatcher Haematopus meadewaldoi. / Senfeld, Tereza; Shannon, Thomas; Vangrouw, Hein; Paijmans, Dane M.; Tavares, Erika S.; Baker, Allan J.; Lees, Alexander C.; Collinson, J. Martin (Corresponding Author).

In: Ibis, 16.09.2019.

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Senfeld, T, Shannon, T, Vangrouw, H, Paijmans, DM, Tavares, ES, Baker, AJ, Lees, AC & Collinson, JM 2019, 'Taxonomic status of the extinct Canary Islands Oystercatcher Haematopus meadewaldoi', Ibis. https://doi.org/10.1111/ibi.12778
Senfeld T, Shannon T, Vangrouw H, Paijmans DM, Tavares ES, Baker AJ et al. Taxonomic status of the extinct Canary Islands Oystercatcher Haematopus meadewaldoi. Ibis. 2019 Sep 16. https://doi.org/10.1111/ibi.12778
Senfeld, Tereza ; Shannon, Thomas ; Vangrouw, Hein ; Paijmans, Dane M. ; Tavares, Erika S. ; Baker, Allan J. ; Lees, Alexander C. ; Collinson, J. Martin. / Taxonomic status of the extinct Canary Islands Oystercatcher Haematopus meadewaldoi. In: Ibis. 2019.
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