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Author Enriquez Urzelai, Urtzi ♦ Montori, Albert ♦ Llorente, Gustavo A. ♦ Kaliontzopoulou, Antigoni
Source SpringerLink
Content type Text
Publisher Springer US
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©2015
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Natural sciences & mathematics ♦ Life sciences; biology
Subject Keyword Ecological diversification ♦ Phylogenetic comparative method ♦ Modes of displacement ♦ Allometry ♦ Evolutionary Biology ♦ Ecology ♦ Developmental Biology ♦ Human Genetics ♦ Animal Genetics and Genomics
Abstract The evolutionary association between morphology, locomotor performance and habitat use is a central element of the ecomorphological paradigm, and it is known to underlie the evolution of phenotypic diversity in numerous animal taxa. In anuran amphibians the hindlimb acts as the propulsive agent, and as such, it is directly associated with jumping performance. In this study we combine individual- and species-level analyses to examine the effects of locomotor mode on body size and hindlimb morphology of Western Mediterranean anurans. In addition to the commonly studied hindlimb traits, we also examine the ratio between tibiofibula and femur length. Body size shows no signs of an evolutionary association to locomotor mode. Instead, hindlimb traits are significantly differentiated between locomotor groups, both at the individual and species levels. Specifically, we observe a gradient of tibiofibula to femur ratio values that matches biomechanical predictions. The analysis of adult static allometries indicates that these differences arise early in ontogeny. By comparing the fit of distinct evolutionary models we provide evidence that the locomotor mode adopted by each species to match the requirements of the habitat it frequents has shaped the evolution of the hindlimb, but not body size.
ISSN 00713260
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2015-02-13
Publisher Place Boston
e-ISSN 19342845
Journal Evolutionary Biology
Volume Number 42
Issue Number 2
Page Count 11
Starting Page 199
Ending Page 209


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