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Morphological traits as predictors of diet and microhabitat use in a diverse beetle assemblage

Barton, Philip; Gibb, Heloise; Manning, Adrian; Cunningham, Saul; Lindenmayer, David B


We explored how morphological traits can complement phylogenetic information to extend our predictions of the ecology of a diverse beetle assemblage. We analysed ten morphological traits from an assemblage of 239 species from 35 families, and identified three axes of morphological variation that were independent of body length: (1) relative robustness; (2) relative appendage length; and (3) relative abdomen length. The trait associations defining these axes of morphological variation did not...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Biological Journal of the Linnean Society
DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.2010.01580.x


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