Maluridae (Australasian wrens)

Phylogenetic placement: Passeri: Meliphagida

Distribution: Australia and New Guinea

Number of extant genera: 6

Number of extant species: ~33


Barker FK, Barrowclough GF, and Groth JG (2002) A phylogenetic hypothesis for passerine birds: taxonomic and biogeographic implications of an analysis of nuclear DNA sequence data, Proc. R. Soc. B 269, 295-308 (abstract)

Barker FK, Cibois A, Schikler P, Feinstein J, and Cracraft J (2004) Phylogeny and diversification of the largest avian radiation, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci U.S.A. 101, 11040-45. (pdf) 

Black A, Dolman G, Wilson CA, Campbell CD, Pedler L, and Joseph l (2020), A taxonomic revision of the Striated Grasswren Amytornis striatus complex (Aves: Maluridae), after analysis of phylogenetic and phenotypic data, Emu 120, 191-200. (abstract)

Christidis L, Rheindt FE, Boles WE, and Norman JA (2010), Plumage patterns are good indicators of taxonomic diversity, but not of phylogenetic affinities, in Australian grasswrens Amytornis (Aves: Maluridae), Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 57, 868-877. (abstract)

Christidis L, and Norman JA (2010), Evolution of the Australasian songbird fauna, Emu 110, 21-31. (abstract) 

Christidis L, Rheindt FE, Boles WE, and Norman JA (2013), A re-appraisal of species diversity within the Australian grasswrens Amytornis (Aves: Maluridae), Aust. Zool. 36, 429-437. (pdf)

Driskell AC, Norman JA, Pruett-Jones S, Mangall E, Sonsthagen S, and Christidis L (2011), A multigene phylogeny examining evolutionary and ecological relationships in the Australo-papuan wrens of the subfamily Malurinae (Aves), Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 60, 480-485. (abstract)

Ericson PGP, Christidis L, Irestedt M, and Norman JA (2002), Systematic affinities of the lyrebirds (Passeriformes: Menura), with a novel classification of the major groups of passerine birds, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 25, 53-62. (abstract)

Ericson PGP, Klopfstein S, Irestedt M, Nguyen JMT, and Nylander JAA (2014), Dating the diversification of the major lineages of Passeriformes (Aves), BMC Ecol. Evol. 14, e:8. (free pdf) 

Joseph L, Edwards S, and McLean A (2013), The Maluridae: inferring avian biology and evolutionary history from DNA sequences, Emu 113, 195-207. (abstract) 

Kearns AM, Dolan G, and Joseph L (2024), Does nuclear DNA support the recognition of three species within the Splendid Fairywren Malurus splendens?, (free pdf)

Kuhl H, Frankl-Vilches C, Bakker A, Mayr G, Nikolaus G, Boerno ST, Klages S, Timmermann B, and Gahr M (2021), An unbiased molecular approach using 3'UTRs resolves the avian family-level tree of life, MolBiolEvol. 38, 108-127. (pdf) 

Lee JY, Joseph L, and Edwards SV (2012), A species tree for the Australo-Papuan fairy-wrens and allies (Aves: Maluridae), Syst. Biol. 61, 253-271. (free pdf)

Marki PZ, Jønsson KA, Irestedt M, Nguyen JMT, Rahbek C, and Fjeldså J (2017), Supermatrix phylogeny and biogeography of the Australasian Meliphagides radiation (Aves: Passeriformes), Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 107, 516-529. (abstract)

Oliveros CH, Field DJ, Ksepka DT, Barker KF, Aleixo A, Andersen MJ, Alström P, Benz BW, Braun EL, Braun MJ, Bravo GA, Brumfield RT, Chesser RT,  Claramunt S, Cracraft J, Cuervo AM, Derryberry EP, Glenn TC, Harvey MG, Hosner PA, Joseph L, Kimball RT, Mack AL, Miskelly CM, Peterson AT, Robbins MB, Sheldon FH, Silveira LF, Smith BT, White ND, Moyle RG, and Faircloth BC (2019), Earth history and the passerine superradiation, PNAS 116, 7915-25. (pdf) 

Reaz R, Bayzid MS, and Rahman MA (2014), Accurate phylogenetic tree reconstruction from quartets: a heuristic approach, PloS ONE 9, e:104008. (pdf)

Stiller J, Feng S, Chowdhury AA, Rivas-González I, Duchêne DA, Fang Q, Deng Y, Kozlov A, Stamatakis A, Claramunt S, Nguyen JMT, Ho SYW, Faircloth BC, Haag J, Houde P, Cracraft J, Balaban M, Mai U, Chen G, Gao R, Zhou C, Xie Y, Huang Z, Cao Z, Yan Z, Ogilvie HA, Nakhleh L, Lindow B, Morel B, Fjeldså J, Hosner PA, da Fonseca RR, Petersen B, Tobias JA, Székely T, Kennedy JD, Reeve AH, Liker A, Stervander M, Antunes A, Tietze DT, Bertelsen M, Lei F, Rahbek C, Graves GR, Schierup MH, Warnow T, Braun EL, Gilbert MTP, Jarvis ED, Mirarab S, and Zhang G (2024), Complexity of avian evolution revealed by family-level genomes, Nature (preview pdf)