quantitative genetics

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quan·ti·ta·tive ge·net·ics

the formal study of measurable genetic traits, traditionally but not necessarily confined to galtonian genetics.

quantitative genetics

n. (used with a sing. verb)
The study of the effects that heredity and environment have on traits that can be quantitatively measured, such as size.
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Meristic traits can provide more information on genotypes (Kozikowska, 1961), as they have much greater heritability than morphometric features (Tave, 1993), and are therefore very stable (Ivankovic et al., 2011), as confirmed by this study.
Overall, meristic traits were more useful than morphometrics in differentiating the two species; nevertheless, meristics and morphometrics together provide information about the morphological differentiation between these two closely related archer fishes.
Several studies have demonstrated environmental (temperature) effects on meristic traits (e.g., number of vertebrae) in snakes and other ectotherms (e.g., Fox 1948; Lindsey 1966; Fowler 1970; Osgood 1978).