Psephotus

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Psephotus
Red-rumped Parrot.jpg
Red-rumped parrot
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Superfamily: Psittacoidea
Family: Psittaculidae
Subfamily: Platycercinae
Tribe: Platycercini
Genus: Psephotus
Gould, 1845
Subgenera

Psephotus  Gould, 1845
Psephotellus  Mathews, 1913

Psephotus is a genus of five species of Australian parakeets. All species show considerable sexual dimorphism. The genus is highly likely to be polyphyletic; a molecular study analysing nuclear and mitochondrial DNA found that the red-rumped parrot was an early offshoot in a clade of several genera of broad-tailed parrot, with the other species nested deeply within.[1][2]

Systematics

Subgenus Psephotus:

Subgenus Psephotellus:

Subgenus Psephotellus along with the Mulga parrot is now thought to be a separate genus according to BirdLife International and IUCN

References

  1. ^ Leo Joseph; Alicia Toon; Erin E. Schirtzinger; Timothy F. Wright (2011). "Molecular systematics of two enigmatic genera Psittacella and Pezoporus illuminate the ecological radiation of Australo-Papuan parrots (Aves: Psittaciformes)". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 59 (3): 675–684. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2011.03.017. PMID 21453777. 
  2. ^ Schweizer, Manuel; Güntert, Marcel; Hertwig, Stefan T. (2012). "Out of the Bassian province: historical biogeography of the Australasian platycercine parrots". Zoologica Scripta. 42 (1): 13–27. doi:10.1111/j.1463-6409.2012.00561.x. 
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