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The root of the current tree connects the organisms featured in this tree to their containing group and the rest of the Tree of Life. The basal branching point in the tree represents the ancestor of the other groups in the tree. This ancestor diversified over time into several descendent subgroups, which are represented as internal nodes and terminal taxa to the right.

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Relationships after Slikas 1997.

Containing group: Ciconiiformes


Slikas, B. 1997. Phylogeny of the avian family Ciconiidae (storks) based on cytochrome b sequences and DNA-DNA hybridization distances. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 8: 275-300.

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Scientific Name Mycteria leucocephala
Location Chennai, India
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Source A Yawning Painted Stork
Source Collection Flickr
Image Use creative commons This media file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License - Version 2.0.
Copyright © 2005 Manvendra Bhangui
Wood stork feeding on the shore
Scientific Name Mycteria americana
Location Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, Florida, USA
Comments wood stork
Creator Ryan Hagerty
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Behavior feeding on the shore
Source Collection U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Online Digital Media Library
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