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Functional skeletal morphology and its implications for locomotory behavior among three genera of myosoricine shrews (Mammalia: Eulipotyphla: Soricidae)

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dc.contributor.author Woodman, Neal en
dc.contributor.author Stabile, Frank A. en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-10-26T23:23:37Z
dc.date.available 2016-10-26T23:23:37Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.citation Woodman, Neal and Stabile, Frank A. 2015. "<a href="https%3A%2F%2Frepository.si.edu%2Fhandle%2F10088%2F29784">Functional skeletal morphology and its implications for locomotory behavior among three genera of myosoricine shrews (Mammalia: Eulipotyphla: Soricidae)</a>." <em>Journal of Morphology</em>. 276 (5):550&ndash;563. <a href="https://doi.org/10.1002/jmor.20365">https://doi.org/10.1002/jmor.20365</a> en
dc.identifier.issn 0362-2525
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10088/29784
dc.description.abstract Myosoricinae is a small clade of shrews (Mammalia, Eulipotyphla, Soricidae) that is currently restricted to the African continent. Individual species have limited distributions that are often associated with higher elevations. Although the majority of species in the subfamily are considered ambulatory in their locomotory behavior, species of the myosoricine genus Surdisorex are known to be semifossorial. To better characterize variation in locomotory behaviors among myosoricines, we calculated 32 morphological indices from skeletal measurements from nine species representing all three genera that comprise the subfamily (i.e., Congosorex, Myosorex, Surdisorex) and compared them to indices calculated for two species with well-documented locomotory behaviors: the ambulatory talpid Uropsilus soricipes and the semifossorial talpid Neurotrichus gibbsii. We summarized the 22 most complete morphological variables by 1) calculating a mean percentile rank for each species and 2) using the first principal component from principal component analysis of the indices. The two methods yielded similar results and indicate grades of adaptations reflecting a range of potential locomotory behaviors from ambulatory to semifossorial that exceeds the range represented by the two talpids. Morphological variation reflecting grades of increased semifossoriality among myosoricine shrews is similar in many respects to that seen for soricines, but some features are unique to the Myosoricinae. J. Morphol., 2015. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. en
dc.relation.ispartof Journal of Morphology en
dc.title Functional skeletal morphology and its implications for locomotory behavior among three genera of myosoricine shrews (Mammalia: Eulipotyphla: Soricidae) en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.srbnumber 134260
dc.identifier.doi 10.1002/jmor.20365
rft.jtitle Journal of Morphology
rft.volume 276
rft.issue 5
rft.spage 550
rft.epage 563
dc.description.SIUnit NH-Vertebrate Zoology en
dc.description.SIUnit NMNH en
dc.description.SIUnit Peer-reviewed en
dc.citation.spage 550
dc.citation.epage 563


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