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Measuring the magnitude of morphological integration: The effect of differences in morphometric representations and the inclusion of size

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Machado, Fabio A. [1, 2, 3] ; Hubbe, Alex [4] ; Melo, Diogo [5] ; Porto, Arthur [6] ; Marroig, Gabriel [5]
Total Authors: 5
[1] Consejo Nacl Invest Cient & Tecn, Buenos Aires, DF - Argentina
[2] Univ Massachusetts, Dept Biol, Boston, MA 02125 - USA
[3] Museo Argentino Ciencias Nat Bernardino Rivadavia, Div Mastozool, Ave Angel Gallardo 470, C1405DJR, Buenos Aires, DF - Argentina
[4] Univ Fed Bahia, Inst Geociencias, Dept Oceanog, R Barao de Jeremoabo S-N, BR-40170110 Ondina Salvador, Bahia - Brazil
[5] Univ Sao Paulo, Inst Biociencias, Dept Genet & Biol Evolut, Rua Matao 277, BR-05508090 Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil
[6] Univ Oslo, CEES, Dept Biosci, N-0315 Oslo - Norway
Total Affiliations: 6
Document type: Journal article
Source: Evolution; OCT 2019.
Web of Science Citations: 1

The magnitude of morphological integration is a major aspect of multivariate evolution, providing a simple measure of the intensity of association between morphological traits. Studies concerned with morphological integration usually translate phenotypes into morphometric representations to quantify how different morphological elements covary. Geometric and classic morphometric representations translate biological form in different ways, raising the question if magnitudes of morphological integration estimates obtained from different morphometric representations are compatible. Here we sought to answer this question using the relative eigenvalue variance of the covariance matrix obtained for both geometric and classical representations of empirical and simulated datasets. We quantified the magnitude of morphological integration for both shape and form and compared results between representations. Furthermore, we compared integration values between shape and form to evaluate the effect of the inclusion or not of size on the quantification of the magnitude of morphological integration. Results show that the choice of morphological representation has significant impact on the integration magnitude estimate, either for shape or form. Despite this, ordination of the integration values within representations is relatively the same, allowing for similar conclusions to be reached using different methods. However, the inclusion of size in the dataset significantly changes the estimates of magnitude of morphological integration, hindering the comparison of this statistic obtained from different spaces. Morphometricians should be aware of these differences and must consider how biological hypothesis translate into predictions about integration in each particular choice of representation. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 13/22042-7 - Evolutionary restrictions in the skull of Caniforms (Carnivora)
Grantee:Fábio de Andrade Machado
Support type: Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 11/14295-7 - Modularity and its evolutionary consequences
Grantee:Gabriel Henrique Marroig Zambonato
Support type: Research Projects - Thematic Grants
FAPESP's process: 11/21674-4 - Evolutionary consequences of morphological integration in the skull and mandible of Caniformia (Carnivora; Mammalia)
Grantee:Fábio de Andrade Machado
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 14/26262-4 - Direct estimates of evolutionary parameters via quantitative trait loci analysis
Grantee:Diogo Amaral Reboucas Melo
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 12/24937-9 - Xenarthran (Mammalia) cranial evolution: modularity and its evolutionary consequences on the morphological diversification
Grantee:Alex Christian Rohrig Hubbe
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate