Gactornis, Han, Robbins & Braun, 2010

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: 522-528

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Gactornis
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Gactornis   (1 species)

South American Clade (~28 species)

Nighthawk Clade (~7 species)

Old World Clade (>36 species)

Poorwill Clade (~18 species)

Lyncornis   (~3 species)

data (see supporting information), which is unsurprising as their allopatric ranges are roughly split by the Amazon River; however, the branches leading to these two subclades are extremely short ( Fig. 4 View Figure 4 ). Morphological differences between the two are present, with males of the nominate form Podager nacunda nacunda Viellot, 1817   having a darker crown and breast with black feathers more prominent than Podager nacunda minor Cory, 1915   . A more detailed investigation of the genetic structure and morphological variation in this species is needed.

Only three of the six recognized subspecies ( Dickinson et al., 2003) of Chordeiles pusillus   were sampled in this study. The overall range of C. pusillus   in South America is not well defined and is fragmented, and mostly consists of relatively small areas each inhabited by a single subspecies. There is some evidence indicating that C. p. novaesi is taxonomically distinct from the other two subspecies ( Fig. 4 View Figure 4 ), as it is genetically separated on the tree ( Fig. 4 View Figure 4 ), but more sampling is needed to fully investigate intraspecific diversity within this species.

The remaining nighthawk species all belong to the genus Chordeiles   , and they form a monophyletic clade ( Fig. 4 View Figure 4 ). There are two well-supported species groups. One of these species groups contains the monotypic Chordeiles rupestris (Spix, 1825)   (sand-coloured nighthawk) and Chordeiles acutipennis (Hermann, 1783)   (the lesser nighthawk), which is polytypic with seven subspecies distributed throughout a large range extending from south-eastern USA and northern Mexico, south to coastal Peru, as well as Brazil south of the Amazon basin ( Holyoak, 2001; Dickinson et al., 2003). Both ND2 and ACO1 I9 sequences indicate that Chordeiles acutipennis   should be split into two phylospecies. There is a particularly high degree of divergence in the ND2 sequences, with 14 homologous substitution events present in the sequences of the three individuals of the northernmost taxon Chordeiles acutipennis texensis Lawrence, 1856   . These character changes separate them from the individuals of the other subspecies of C. acutipennis   ,

Eurostopodus tornis   SOUTH AMERICAN CLADE Antillean Nighthawk Chordeiles gundlachii   ( Chordeiles gundlachii   ) Chordeiles gundlachii   Chordeiles minor hesperis Chordeiles minor hesperis   Chordeiles minor sennetti   Chordeiles minor minor   Chordeiles minor howellii   Chordeiles   Chordeiles minor minor   minor   minor Common Nighthawk   Chordeiles minor panamensis   ( Chordeiles minor   ) Chordeiles minor minor Chordeiles minor minor Chordeiles minor minor Chordeiles minor minor Chordeiles minor minor   Chordeiles minor chapmani Chordeiles minor chapmani   Chordeiles minor asseriensis   Chordeiles acutipennis texensis Texan Nighthawk   Chordeiles acutipennis texensis Chordeiles acutipennis texensis   ( Chordeiles texensis   ) Chordeiles acutipennis aequatorialis   Chordeiles acutipennis acutipennis Chordeiles acutipennis acutipennis Chordeiles acutipennis acutipennis   Chordeiles acutipennis acutipennis Lesser Nighthawk   Chordeiles acutipennis acutipennis   ( Chordeiles acutipennis   ) Chordeiles acutipennis acutipennis   Chordeiles acutipennis exilis   Chordeiles acutipennis littoralis Chordeiles acutipennis littoralis   Chordeiles acutipennis micromeris   Chordeiles rupestris   Sand-coloured Nighthawk Chordeiles rupestris   ( Chordeiles rupestris   ) Chordeiles pusillus novaesi   Chordeiles pusillus septentrionalis Least Nighthawk   Chordeiles pusillus septentrionalis   ( Podager pusillus   ) Chordeiles pusillus esmeraldae   Podager nacunda minor   Podager nacunda minor Nacunda Nighthawk   Podager nacunda nacunda   ( Podager nacunda   ) Podager nacunda nacunda OLD WORLD   CLADE POORWILL CLADE cornis

resulting in a strongly supported clade on the concatenated tree ( Fig. 4 View Figure 4 ). Individuals of C. a. texensis   are noticeably larger in size and have a lighter plumage than most other subspecies of C. acutipennis   . Thus, we suggest that C. a. texensis   be elevated to full species status as Chordeiles texensis   .

The second species group contains Chordeiles minor (J.R. Forster, 1771)   (the common nighthawk) and Chordeiles gundlachii Lawrence, 1856   (the Antillean nighthawk). There are nine subspecies of C. minor   , eight of which were sampled. There is little to no genetic structure within the species, and what there is does not follow subspecies lines or any geographic patterns. In the two markers that were best sampled for C. minor, ND   2 and ACO1 I9, there are 12 polymorphic sites: ten in ND2 and two in ACO1 I9. The way in which these polymorphisms are distributed among the sampled individuals does not follow any congruent pattern, however, and analysis results in a basal polytomy in the concatenated tree ( Fig. 4 View Figure 4 ). This lack of structured genetic diversity suggests either a recent expansion of its range or that gene flow is high

VENEZUELA - VENEZUELA Nyctiprogne latifascia   - Amazonas, BRAZIL - PARAGUAY - GUYANA Nyctiprogne leucopyga   - BOLIVIA Nyctiprogne vielliardi   - PARAGUAY - Rio Negro, BRAZIL - GUYANA Lurocalis semitorquatus   - Amazonas, BRAZIL - GUYANA ECUADOR Lurocalis rufiventris vielliardi   - Bahia, BRAZIL Nyctidromus hirundinaceus cearae   - Ceara, BRAZIL Nyctidromus nigrescens   , BRAZIL VENEZUELA - PANAMA MEXICO - PANAMA Nyctidromus merrilli   Texas, USA - Maria Madre Island, MEXICO Texas, USA - Alagoas, BRAZIL - Sao Jeronimo, BRAZIL Nyctidromus derbyanus   - BOLIVIA - GUYANA - PERU - PANAMA Nyctidromus albicollis   - ECUADOR - VENEZUELA ECUADOR Nyctidromus anthonyi  

Hydropsalis whitelyi   Hydropsalis segmentata   Hydropsalis lyra   Hydropsalis segmentata   *, PERU, PERU Hydropsalis decussatus   PERU VENEZUELA Hydropsalis heterurus   PARAGUAY URUGUAY Hydropsalis parvulus   BOLIVIA Hydropsalis maculicaudus   Hydropsalis forcipata   GUYANA Hydropsalis cayennensis   GUYANA ECUADOR COLOMBIA Hydropsalis albicauda   PANAMA - Parra, BRAZIL - GUYANA - ECUADOR - BOLIVIA Hydropsalis climacocerca   - VENEZUELA Rio Madeira, BRAZIL Tocantins, BRAZIL Hydropsalis torquata   , ARGENTINA ARGENTINA Yumbel, CHILE URUGUAY Rios, ARGENTINA BOLIVIA Hydropsalis longirostris   BOLIVIA Acomayo, PERU PERU Cuzco, PERU, VENEZUELA Amazonas, VENEZUELA Hydropsalis roraimae   , VENEZUELA ECUADOR, VENEZUELA Hydropsalis ruficervix   , COLOMBIA Hydropsalis candicans   Hydropsalis anomalus  

between populations. In this study, sampling was too sparse to test for the presence and directionality of gene flow in the species.

Two individuals of C. gundlachii   were sampled, one from Florida and the other from the Bahamas, but the results from the two individuals are strikingly different. The nuclear data do not demonstrate that C. gundlachii   is a distinct species, as it falls within C. minor   . The ND2 data tell the same story about the Florida individual, thus suggesting it may be a wrongly identified Chordeiles minor chapmani Coues, 1888   (see supporting information, Fig. S1 View Figure 1 ). But, the ND2 sequence of the individual from the Bahamas is different from the Florida individual (3.5% divergent) as well as all the other C. minor   individuals, such that it is placed as their sister taxon. This is also the result on the concatenated tree ( Fig. 4 View Figure 4 ).