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Studies of ecomorphological variations of the European hare (Lepus europaeus) in Turkey

By Demirbaş Y., Albayrak İ. and Yilmaz A.

Abstract

Hares (Lepus spp.) are widely distributed across the globe and are adapted to diverse climatic conditions. In order to study the ecomorphological variations of hares from Turkey, the body and cranial measurements and body weight, as well as coat color types, of 138 hares collected from all over Turkey between 2006 and 2012, were examined. Statistically significant differences between regional samples (p <0.05, ANOVA) only in terms of body weight and hindfoot length were found; however, there were a good number of external phenotypes, particularly in terms of coat color variants of the hare specimens. Furthermore, populations had similar variations in terms of morphometric measurement, body weight and coat coloration between different geographical regions. Turkish hares did not exhibit clinal variations from south to north in body and cranial measurements depending on the mean annual temperatures and precipitation. Therefore, it was assumed that all of these variations might be a polymorphism related to the local adaptations and high level of admixture of gene pools in Anatolia

Topics: European hare, Lepus europaeus, ecomorphological variation, polymorphism, Turkey, Biology (General), QH301-705.5, Science, Q, DOAJ:Biology, DOAJ:Biology and Life Sciences
Publisher: University of Belgrade, University of Novi Sad
Year: 2013
DOI identifier: 10.2298/ABS1302559D
OAI identifier: oai:doaj.org/article:32f91ce06f0a4028b023349129803e6c
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