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taxon links [up-->]Tachuris rubrigastra [up-->]Platyrinchus [up-->]Todirostrini [up-->]Pipromorphini [up-->]Rhynchocyclini [up-->]Neopipo cinnamomea [down<--]Tyrannidae Interpreting the tree
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Relationships after Tello et al. (2009) and Ohlson et al. (2008).
Containing group: Tyrannidae

Discussion of Phylogenetic Relationships

Tello et al. (2009) erected a new family Rhynchocyclidae (here reduced to a subfamily within Tyrannidae, while their subfamilies are demoted to tribes). The group has also been called Pipromorphinae. Tello et al. did not include Platyrhynchus, Tachuris, or Neopipo in their group, though the first two were placed just outside it. The relationship of Neopipo to Platyrhynchus, and thus to Rhynchocyclinae, appears in the analyses of Ohlson et al. (2008) and Rheindt et al. (2008).


Ohlson, J., J. Fjeldså, and P. G. P. Ericson. 2008. Tyrant flycatchers coming out in the open: Phylogeny and ecological radiation of Tyrannidae (Aves, Passeriformes). Zoologica Scripta 37:315-335.

Rheindt, F. E., J. A. Norman, and L. Christidis. 2008. Phylogenetic relationships of tyrant-flycatchers (Aves: Tyrannidae), with an emphasis on the elaenine assemblage. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 46:88-101.

Tello, J. G., and J. M. Bates. 2007. Molecular phylogenetics of the Flatbill and Tody-tyrant assemblage of Tyrant Flycatchers (Tyrannidae). Auk 124:134-154.

Tello, J. G., R. G. Moyle, D. J. Marchese, and J. Cracraft. 2009. Phylogeny and phylogenetic classification of the tyrant flycatchers, cotinga, manakins, and their allies (Aves: Tyrannides). Cladistics 25:1-39.

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Scientific Name Tachuris rubrigastra
Location Mantagua, Chile
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Source Sietecolores (Tachuris rubrigastra)
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Copyright © 2007 Pablo Caceres Contreras
Scientific Name Tolmomyias sulphurescens
Location Horto Florestal de São Paulo, Brasil
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Source BICO-CHATO-DE-ORELHA-PRETA (Tolmomyias sulphurescens)
Source Collection Flickr
Image Use creative commons This media file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License - Version 2.0.
Copyright © 2008 Dario Sanches
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Harshman, John. 2009. Rhynchocyclinae. Version 28 November 2009 (under construction). http://tolweb.org/Rhynchocyclinae/139089/2009.11.28 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/

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