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Melanerpes Swainson 1832 (woodpecker)

Reptilia - Piciformes - Picidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 129810

Synonyms: Asyndesmus Coues 1866 (no. 369566), Bathoceleus Brodkorb 1959 (no. 290144), Centurus Swainson 1837 (no. 129809)

Parent taxon: Picidae according to J. F. Clements et al. 2017

Sister taxa: Campephilus, Colaptes, Dendrocopos, Dryocopus, Homalopus, Jynginae, Jynx, Nesoctites, Palaeopicus, Picinae, Picoides, Picumninae, Picumnus, Picus, Pliopicus, Sapheopipo, Sphyrapicus, Uintornis, Xiphidiopicus

Subtaxa: Melanerpes carolinus, Melanerpes erythrocephalus, Melanerpes lewis, Melanerpes striatus, Melanerpes superciliaris

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Ecology: volant insectivore