Physical Description

Morphology

Other Physical Features: endothermic ; bilateral symmetry

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Life History and Behavior

Behavior

Perception Channels: visual ; tactile ; acoustic ; chemical

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Reproduction

Key Reproductive Features: iteroparous ; gonochoric/gonochoristic/dioecious (sexes separate); sexual ; oviparous

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Evolution and Systematics

Evolution

Discussion of Phylogenetic Relationships

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Phylogenetic hypothesis based on Hackett et al. (2008).

Traditionally, Pelecaniformes also includes the family Phaethontidae (tropicbirds), which is only distantly related to the other families. Several families included here are traditionally considered to belong to Ciconiiformes: Threskiornithidae, Ardeidae, Balaeniceps, and Scopus (Hackett et al. 2008).

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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD) Stats
Specimen Records:303
Specimens with Sequences:268
Specimens with Barcodes:261
Species:45
Species With Barcodes:40
Public Records:220
Public Species:34
Public BINs:33
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Barcode data

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