Biometric differences between several populations of Cordulegaster boltonii (Odonata: Cordulegastridae) in Ibero-Maghrebian area
Keywords: 
Odonata
Cordulegastridae
Cordulegaster boltonii
Biometrics
Dragonflies
Mountain streams
Iberian Peninsula
Morocco
Issue Date: 
2020
ISSN: 
1210-5759
Citation: 
Casanueva-Gomez, P. (Patricia); Santamaría, T. (Tomás); Hernandez-Minguillon, M. A. (Maria Angeles); et al. "Biometric differences between several populations of Cordulegaster boltonii (Odonata: Cordulegastridae) in Ibero-Maghrebian area". European Journal of Entomology. 117, 2020, 260 - 261
Abstract
Biometric data of the exuviae of female larvae of the dragonfly Cordulegaster boltonii collected in Portugal, Spain and Morocco were analysed to determine whether the size of three exuvial structures measured differed depending on the geographic localities of the populations. Based on the results recorded for the 16 populations studied, head width was negatively correlated with latitude and the greatest length of the gonapophysis was recorded for the Iberian populations at the centre of this peninsula. Multivariate cluster analysis revealed a clear separation of the Moroccan population. A second cluster separated the southernmost population (Sierra Nevada) from the remaining Iberian populations. Four population groups were distinguished: those located in watercourses in the north and central area of the Iberian Peninsula, those in Iberian watercourses in the East and Middle South, the Sierra Nevada and North Morocco. Some of these results coincide with the results of genetic studies of other authors.

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