A new genus for the Lesser Moorhen Gallinula angulata Sundevall, 1850 (Aves, Rallidae)

George Sangster, Juan Carlos Garcia-R, Steve A. Trewick


Molecular phylogenetic analysis has demonstrated that the genus Gallinula is not monophyletic and comprises four major lineages. A review of the nomenclature of Gallinula shows that generic names are available for three lineages but that a fourth is as yet unnamed. A new monotypic genus, Paragallinula gen. nov., is described for Lesser Moorhen (Gallinula angulata Sundevall, 1850).


Gallinules; morphology; nomenclature; Paragallinula gen. nov.; phylogenetics

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5852/ejt.2015.153


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