TropicbirdsJoseph W. Brown
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Kennedy, M., and H. G. Spencer. 2004. Phylogenies of the Frigatebirds (Fregatidae) and Tropicbirds (Phaethontidae), two divergent groups of the traditional order Pelecaniformes, inferred from mitochondrial DNA sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 31: 31-38.
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Joseph W. Brown
University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
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- First online 20 December 2005
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Brown, Joseph W. 2005. Phaethontidae. Tropicbirds. Version 20 December 2005 (temporary). http://tolweb.org/Phaethontidae/26340/2005.12.20 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/