Nyctidromus, GOULD, 1838

Sigurðsson, Snorri & Cracraft, Joel, 2014, Deciphering the diversity and history of New World nightjars (Aves: Caprimulgidae) using molecular phylogenetics, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 170 (3), pp. 506-545: 539-540

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http://doi.org/ 10.1111/zoj.12109

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Nyctidromus
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NYCTIDROMUS GOULD, 1838  

Type species

Nyctidromus albicollis Gmelin, 1789   .

Definition

The clade containing N. albicollis   and all species that share a more recent common ancestor with N. albicollis   than with Hydropsalis albicauda   , H. anomalus   , H. candicans   , H. cayennensis   , H. climacocerca   , H. decussatus   , H. forcipata   , H. heterurus   , H. longirostris   , H. lyra   , H. maculicaudus   , H. parvulus   , H. roraimae   , H. ruficervix   , H. segmentata   , H. torquata   , H. whitelyi   , Lurocalis rufiventris   , L. semitorquatus   , Nyctiprogne latifascia   , N. leucopyga   , and N. vielliardi   , or with species in other nightjar genera such as Antrostomus   , Caprimulgus   , Chordeiles   , Eurostopodus   , Gactornis   , Lyncornis   , Macrodipteryx   , Nyctiphrynus   , Phalaenoptilus   , Podager   , Siphonorhis   , or Veles   .

Included species

Nyctidromus albicollis (Gmelin, 1789)   , Nyctidromus anthonyi (Chapman, 1923)   , Nyctidromus derbyanus (Gould, 1838)   , Nyctidromus hirundinaceus (Spix, 1825)   , Nyctidromus merrilli (Sennett, 1888)   , and Nyctidromus nigrescens (Cabanis, 1848)   .

Comments

Genetic evidence supports the hypothesis that Caprimulgus anthonyi   , C. hirundinaceus   , and C. nigrescens   are all more closely related to Nyctidromus albicollis   than to other New World species previously placed in the genus Caprimulgus   ( Fig. 6 View Figure 6 ). These results for C. anthonyi   and C. nigrescens   are congruent with those of Han et al. (2010), but this is the first genetic evidence to support this placement of C. hirundinaceus   . Thus, it is suggested that all three species be moved into Nyctidromus   . Genetic evidence also supports dividing the polytypic species N. albicollis   into three distinct phylogenetic species: N. albicollis   , N. derbyanus   , and N. merrilli   (see species descriptions below).