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Geographical variation in head shape of a Neotropical group of toads: the role of physical environment and relatedness

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Bandeira, Lucas N. ; Alexandrino, Joao ; Haddad, Celio F. B. ; Thome, Maria Tereza C.
Total Authors: 4
Document type: Journal article
Source: Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society; v. 179, n. 2, p. 354-376, FEB 1 2017.
Web of Science Citations: 0

In this study we review the morphological variation within the Rhinella crucifer species group using geometric morphometrics. We sampled 270 specimens from 78 localities comprising all genetic units delimited for the group. We placed 12 landmarks and 89 semi-landmarks defining morphological structures of the anterior region of the body (head and parotoid glands) on standardized photographs of dorsal aspects of specimens. We checked for the existence of size-free morphological variation using exploratory multivariate analyses and tested for differences among categories (genetic units) using canonical variate analyses. We investigated the effects of relatedness by conducting canonical analyses hierarchically, and tested for phylogenetic signal using reconstruction of morphologies on a tree derived from mitochondrial data. We then corrected for relatedness using phylogenetic principal component analysis, and tested for the influence of the physical environment (temperature, humidity and altitude) with a partial Mantel test of matrix correlation. Our results revealed that there is size-free shape variation in the group. Shape changes are related to specific structures in the head, with landmarks and semi-landmarks highlighting changes in a complementary way. We were able to statistically detect the effect of phylogenetic distance with landmarks when considering the closest genetic units as a single category. A significant proportion of the variation in head shape can be explained by environmental variables, suggesting that conditions of the physical environment should also be considered as a source of morphological variation. (C) 2016 The Linnean Society of London, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 2016 (AU)

FAPESP's process: 13/50741-7 - Diversity and conservation of Brazilian amphibians
Grantee:Célio Fernando Baptista Haddad
Support type: BIOTA-FAPESP Program - Thematic Grants
FAPESP's process: 05/52727-5 - Biogeography, phylogeography and diversification patterns of anuran species widespread in the Brazilian Atlantic forest
Grantee:João Miguel de Barros Alexandrino
Support type: Research Grants - Young Investigators Grants
FAPESP's process: 08/50928-1 - Speciation of frogs in high-altitude environments
Grantee:Célio Fernando Baptista Haddad
Support type: Research Projects - Thematic Grants