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 Post subject: Galloperdix and Pavo
 Post Posted: Tue Oct 18, 2005 12:19 am 
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I'm a biologist working on the systematics of Gallinaceous birds.
I thought it might be of interest to this forum that we have learned ( soon to be published) that the Galloperdix Spurfowl of India and Sri Lanka have been determined by molecular data to belong to a new monophyletic family that includes the Peacock Pheasants (Polyplectron) and Crimson Headed Wood Partridge (Haematortyx). They are not closely allied to either pheasants or partridges. This family is an ancient and isolated group that is distantly linked to Peafowl but the two respective families are not at all closely related. They may prove to be a link between Guineafowls and Peafowl but this remains to be ironed out.

Secondly, the Sri Lankan form of the familar Indian Peafowl is genetically distinctive and may warrant subspecific status.


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 Post subject: Thank you
 Post Posted: Thu Oct 20, 2005 10:39 am 
Thank you for posting this interesting information!!!


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