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Intraspecific variation in carapace morphology among fiddler crabs (Genus Uca) from the Atlantic coast of Brazil

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Autor(es):
Hampton, Kelsey R. [1] ; Hopkins, Melanie J. [2] ; McNamara, John C. [3] ; Thurman, Carl L. [1]
Número total de Autores: 4
Afiliação do(s) autor(es):
[1] Univ No Iowa, Dept Biol, Cedar Falls, IA 50614 - USA
[2] Univ Erlangen Nurnberg, GeoZentrum Nordbayern, D-91054 Erlangen - Germany
[3] Univ Sao Paulo, FFCLRP, Dept Biol, BR-14040901 Ribeirao Preto, SP - Brazil
Número total de Afiliações: 3
Tipo de documento: Artigo Científico
Fonte: AQUATIC BIOLOGY; v. 20, n. 1, p. 53-67, 2014.
Citações Web of Science: 13
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Isolation due to geographical barriers should promote genetic and morphological divergence among populations. Marine currents flowing in opposing directions along landmasses can constitute barriers that isolate populations dependent upon aquatic dispersal. The distribution of fiddler crabs (genus Uca) is regulated primarily by the oceanic transport of their planktonic larvae and by available adult habitat. Along the Brazilian coast of eastern South America, the flow of 2 major oceanic currents separates northern from southern Uca populations, which may promote intraspecific divergence in `trans-Brazilian' species. Populations of 10 Uca species were sampled at 64 locations north and south of the Ponta do Calcanhar, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. Carapace shape was assessed using geometric morphometrics to analyze 12 surface landmarks in 1319 female crabs. Carapace shape differs significantly in each species. In morphospace, the carapace forms of the 10 species appear to separate into traditional subgeneric clusters. Within the 8 species exhibiting trans-Brazilian distributions, northern and southern populations show distinct carapace differences. Depending on species, either the hepatic or the branchial region is larger in northern populations. Since significant genetic variability among such populations has not been confirmed, divergence in carapace shape suggests significant ecological modulation of phenotype within each species. Apparently, environmental differences between northern and southern localities exert a greater impact on carapace morphology than impeded gene flow. The drivers under-pinning diversification of carapace shape remain unknown, however. (AU)

Processo FAPESP: 09/50799-0 - Carl Leo Thurman II | University of Northern Iowa - Estados Unidos
Beneficiário:John Campbell McNamara
Linha de fomento: Auxílio à Pesquisa - Pesquisador Visitante - Internacional