Geometric morphometric analysis of the pronotum and elytron in stag beetles: insight into its diversity and evolution

@article{Zhang2019GeometricMA,
  title={Geometric morphometric analysis of the pronotum and elytron in stag beetles: insight into its diversity and evolution},
  author={Mengna Zhang and Y. Ruan and Xia Wan and Yi-Jie Tong and Xingke Yang and Ming Bai},
  journal={ZooKeys},
  year={2019},
  volume={833},
  pages={21 - 40}
}
Abstract Stag beetles (Coleoptera, Scarabaeoidea, Lucanidae) have received extensive attention from researchers in behavioral ecology and evolutionary biology. There have been no previous quantitative analyses, particularly using a geometric morphometric approach based on a large sample of data, to shed light on the morphological diversity and evolution of Lucanidae. Thoracic adaptation and ecological differentiation are intimately related, and the pronotum bears important muscles and supports… Expand
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