Morphometric differences in populations of Nebria kratteri Dejean and Boisduval, 1830 from two old forests in Calabria (Coleoptera, Carabidae)

  • Federica Talarico | federica.talarico@unical.it Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden, University of Calabria, Italy.
  • Antonio Mazzei Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden, University of Calabria, Italy.
  • Carmen Gangale Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden, University of Calabria, Italy.
  • Giorgia Scrivano Department of Biology, Ecology and Earth Science (DiBEST), University of Calabria, Italy.
  • Pietro Brandmayr Department of Biology, Ecology and Earth Science (DiBEST), University of Calabria, Italy.

Abstract

In carabid beetles, several morphometric parameters may vary from one habitat to another. Body size is one of the most important traits in animals because it directly relates to fitness and changes across latitudinal and altitudinal gradients. In this paper, we compare two populations of Nebria kratteri (Coleoptera, Carabidae) sampled in two old forest sites of the Sila Mountain in Calabria. The specimens show significant differences in all morphometric parameters measured, the larger size at one site could be related to intraspecific competition.

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2020-04-10
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morphometry, carabids, body size, intraspecific competition.
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Talarico, F., Mazzei, A., Gangale, C., Scrivano, G., & Brandmayr, P. (2020). Morphometric differences in populations of <em>Nebria kratteri</em&gt; Dejean and Boisduval, 1830 from two old forests in Calabria (Coleoptera, Carabidae). Fragmenta Entomologica, 52(1), 57-62. https://doi.org/10.4081/fe.2020.408