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Revising the Phylogenetic Position of the Extinct Mascarene Parrot Mascarinus Mascarin (Linnaeus 1771) (Aves: Psittaciformes: Psittacidae)

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Revising the Phylogenetic Position of the Extinct Mascarene Parrot Mascarinus Mascarin (Linnaeus 1771) (Aves: Psittaciformes: Psittacidae)

Lars Podsiadlowski et al. Mol Phylogenet Evol.

Abstract

The phylogenetic position of the extinct Mascarene Parrot Mascarinus mascarin from La Réunion has been unresolved for centuries. A recent molecular study unexpectedly placed M. mascarin within the clade of phenotypically very different Vasa parrots Coracopsis. Based on DNA extracted from the only other preserved Mascarinus specimen, we show that the previously obtained cytb sequence is probably an artificial composite of partial sequences from two other parrot species and that M. mascarin is indeed a part of the Psittacula diversification, placed close to P. eupatria and P. wardi.

Keywords: Coracopsis; Extinction; Indian Ocean parrots; Mascarin; Mascarinus; Psittacula.

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