morphospace


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morphospace

(môr′fə-spās′)
n.
The totality of possible body shapes that a species or other taxon can assume as it evolves, or that an organism can take as it develops, as defined by genetic, ecological, or other factors.
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The depth at dorsal-fin origin, pelvic-fin ray length, preanal fin length, and dorsal-fin origin to anal-fin origin received the highest weight in the linear discriminant equation of the variation between the 2 species (Table 2) in the size-standardized morphospace.
A physiologically explicit morphospace for tracheid-based water transport in modern and extinct seed plants.
Here was a way of joining the genetic world I am more familiar with to my new-found interests, though I must admit that things got quite technical when the authors introduced a theoretical 3-D morphospace.
The first of two chapters, "the museum of all shells," uses Raup's famous analysis to explore the decidedly "clumpy" occupation of morphospace by coiled shells that grow as logarithmic spirals.
dimidiata was mostly placed on the negative side of PC2, in the same morphospace of Didelphis albiventris and other species of Didelphis (Fig.
Utilization of a simple morphospace by Polyplacophorans and it evolutionary implications.
Rodents in different life modes appear to occupy different regions of morphospace and, presumably, ecospace.
The mechanospace, similar to Raup's (1966) classic morphospace, is a broadly comparative tool used to visualize the relationships between mechanical variables in biological beams.
The latter examines overall multivariate morphometric variance between groups, is roughly proportional to the squared perimeter of the morphospace hypervolume occupied, and takes into account both total scatter as well as dispersion among points.
This may be because small changes in r/t lead to large changes in strength in the region of morphospace occupied by deep species (see Fig.