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Topology built based on the analysis of Frank-Hoeflich et al. (2007) that combines molecular, osteological, morphological, and behavioral characters. Pereria and Baker (2004) present a similar topology, varying only with a sister relationship between M. tomentosa and M. mitu. Both studies suggest the non-monophyletic nature of the genus, with Pauxi unicornis embedded in the Mitu clade as sister species to M. tuberosa, suggesting the possible need to re-evaluate grouping at the genus level.
Containing group: Cracidae


Frank-Hoeflich, K., L. F. Silveira, J. Estudillo-Lopez, A. M. Garcia-Koch, L. Ongay-Larios, and D. Pinero. 2007. Increased taxon and character sampling reveals novel intergeneric relationships in the Cracidae (Aves: Galliformes). Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 45(3): 242-254.

Grau, E.T. , S.L. Pereira, L.F. Silveira and A. Wajntal. 2003. Molecular markers contribute in the management of a breeding program of the extinct in the wild Alagoas Curassow Mitu mitu and confirm the validity of the species. Bird Conserv. Int. 13:115126.

Pereira, S. L., and A. J. Baker. 2004. Vicariant speciation of Curassows (Aves: Cracidae): A hypothesis based on mitochondrial DNA phylogeny. The Auk 121(3): 682-694.

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Scientific Name Mitu tuberosum
Location Cristalino, Mato Grosso, Brazil
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Source Razor-billed Curassow
Source Collection Flickr
Image Use creative commons This media file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License - Version 2.0.
Copyright © 2010 Jorge Montejo
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Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont, USA

David P. Mindell
California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, California, USA

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Gulka, Julia and David P. Mindell. 2011. Mitu. Version 06 August 2011 (temporary). http://tolweb.org/Mitu/88646/2011.08.06 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/

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