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Amplitud geografica y ecologica en el murcielago nectarivoro Anoura fistulata (Pyhllostomidae: Glossophaginae).

GEOGRAPHIC AND ECOLOGICAL AMPLITUDE IN THE NECTARIVOROUS BAT ANOURA FISTULATA (PYHLLOSTOMIDAE: GLOSSOPHAGINAE)

INTRODUCTION

The charismatic nectar feeding bat Anoura fistula Muchhala et al. (2005) (Pyhllostomidae: Glossophaginae) is characterized by some of the most extreme morphological adaptations for nectar consumption, including the longest tongue in proportion to body size among mammals. Such a remarkable adaptation has been interpreted as a specialization for the consumption of resources difficult to exploit by other sympatric nectar feeders (Muchhala, 2006). Dietary studies conducted by Muchhala (2006) suggested that the overextended tongue of A. fistulata is an evolutionary adaptation that enables this species to take nectar from flowers characterized by extremely elongated ilivia, extension de distribucion, morfologia, corollas (9-12 cm) such as Centropogon nigricans (Campanulaceae), which apparently is not visited by the sympatric congeneric species Anoura caudifer (Geoffroy) and A. geoffroyi Gray. The implied co-evolutionary relationship between C. nigricans and A. fistula suggests that morphological variation in this nectar-feeding species is the result of a process of adaptive specialization (sensu Gould and Vbra, 1982). It has been accepted that highly specialized feeding strategies are usually accompanied by a reduction of species niche breadth (Page and Swofford, 1984).

Anoura fistulata is only known from less than 20 localities in northern South America, the majority of them within adjacent bioregions in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru (Muchhala, 2005; Muchhala et al. 2005; Lee et al., 2008, 2010; Mantilla-Meluk and Baker, 2008; Mantilla-Meluk et al., 2009; Pacheco et al., 2009). However, new records extended the distribution of the species into the southern portion of Peru in the region of Puno (Chacaneque, Ollachea district, Carabaya province), close to the border with Bolivia (Garate-Bernardo and Carrasco-Rueda, 2011).

During an appraisal of museum specimens of Anoura deposited at the Field Museum of Natural History (FMNH), we found a female specimen of A. fistulata (FMNH 106088) collected in the Bolivian Department of Chuquisaca, which represents the first documented record of this species for the country. We present a comparative morphometric analysis of this specimen to evaluate and describe its morphometric variation and phenetic similarities with other species of the genus.

In this work we investigate the environmental variability associated with A. fistulata recorded localities. We proposed two competing hypotheses regarding niche breath of A. fistulata: 1) if extreme morphological adaptations in A. fistulata increase the opportunity of the species to exploit a wider variety of plant resources, then we expect a high environmental variability across its distributional range, and 2) if extreme morphological adaptations in A. fistulata are an evolutionary response to the use of specific plant resources, then we expect a greater environmental homogeneity across its distributional range. To test these hypotheses, we evaluate the niche breadth of A. fistulata across its distributional range using niche modeling and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)-based analyses.

MATERIALS AND METHODS

Morphological and morphometric characterization.--Skull morphology of specimen FMNH 106088 was contrasted against 374 adult specimens including the following taxa: 46 A. aequatoris (Bolivia 2; Colombia 33, Ecuador 10, and Peru 1); 2 A. cadenai (Colombia); 31 A. caudifer (Bolivia 1; Brazil 29; Colombia 1), 29 A. cultrata Handley (Colombia 18; Costa Rica 10; Peru 1); 4 A. fistulata (Colombia); 34 A. geoffroyi (Brazil 3, Trinidad 31), 5 A. latidens Handley (Venezuela); 11 A. luismanueli Molinari (Colombia 9; Venezuela 2); and 212 A. peruana (Bolivia 10, Colombia 172, Ecuador 6, Peru 24) deposited in the following institutions: Instituto de Ciencias Naturales of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia (ICN); Field Museum of Natural History (FMNH); Museo de Historia Natural de la Universidad de Caldas (MHNUC), Southwestern Biology Collection of the University of New Mexico (MSB); and the Museum of Texas Tech University (TTU). To evaluate and describe the morphometric variation and phenetic similarities of the newly introduced record of A. fistulata from Bolivia, a principal component analysis (PCA) was performed on 11 craniodental variables recorded from a selected group of female specimens (N= 179), including all recognized species of Anoura, except A. cadenai (only represented by male specimens), in the statistical package PAST (ver. 2.17) available at (http://folk.uio.no/ ohammer/past/index.html).

Ecological and geographic analyses.- To assess the environmental affinities among A. fistulata collecting localities, a PCA and a Cluster Analysis (CA) were performed based on four environmental variables including: Elevation, Maximum Temperature of the Warmest Month of the Year, Minimum Temperature of the Coldest Month of the Year, and Precipitation. Environmental data were derived from raster layers available at (http:// www.worldclim.org/bioclim) by applying the extract values to point tool of the Spatial Analyst extension in ArcGIS 9.3.1. Variables were log-transformed and statistical analyses were performed in the statistical package PAST (ver. 2.17), available at (http://folk.uio. no/ohammer/past/index.html).

Ecological niche modeling.--An ecologicalniche model was produced to evaluate the suitable habitat for A. fistulata using the maximum entropy machine learning algorithm in the software MaxEnt (Phillips et al., 2006, 2008). MaxEnt estimates a target probability distribution based on environmental information in the study area associated to presence-only data. The model generates a probability distribution that respects a set of constraints (expressed in terms of environmental variables) derived from the occurrence data (Phillips et al., 2006, 2008).

Nineteen sampling localities including records reported by Muchhala et al. (2005) (N=10); Lee et al. (2008) (N=1), Lee et al. (2010) (N=1), Mantilla-Meluk and Baker (2008) (N=1), Mantilla-Meluk et al. (2009) (N=3), Garate-Bernardo and Carrasco-Rueda (2011) (N=1); Pacheco et al. (2009) (N=1), and the new record from Bolivia introduced in this work were used as input. Sampling localities were tested for duplicated occurrence data within the same 1 [km.sup.2] grid cell using ENM tools (Warren et al., 2008). This procedure allowed us to have only one point per grid cell, and each remaining point was moved to the center of its grid cell. Collecting localities used to develop the MaxEnt model are contained in Appendix II. A total of 19 bioclimatic parameters of the current climate conditions were used in the model (WorldClim data set, from Hijmans et al, 2005). The data layers used were generated through interpolation of average monthly climate data from weather stations on a 30 arc-second resolution grid (~1 [km.sup.2] resolution). General accuracy of model was evaluated by the Area Under the Curve (AUC) of Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC plots) as a measure of prediction success (Fielding and Bell, 1997). Models providing AUC values in the range > 0.9 are considered highly accurate, between 0.7-0.9 useful, and lower than 0.7 poorly accurate (according to Sweets, 1988).

RESULTS

First record of A. fistulata for Bolivia.--Adult Female (FMNH 106088) collected by R. S. Crossin, (collectors number: 7275) on November, 26, 1972 at the Department of Chuquisaca, Azero, Hernando Siles (Misspelled "Hernando Silez" on tag), 16 Km N Monteagudo, Bolivia, 20[degrees]10'0.00" S, 64[degrees]15'0.00"W, at 1,524 m, preserved as skull extracted, in good condition (Fig. 1a), and body in fluid (Fig. 1b). We were not able to determine if the name Azero on the tag of specimen FMNH 106088 refers to the older name of Hernando Siles, or to the River Azero.

Diagnostic characters.--Specimen FMNH 106088 corresponds to a medium-sized Anoura (forearm 39.0 mm), characterized by an elongated, tubelike lower lip (Fig. 1b) extending beyond the upper lip; interfemoral membrane relatively wide (3.5 mm) with an inverted V-shaped margin as described for A. fistulata (Muchhala et al., 2005). Muchhala et al. (2005) identified the length of the tongue among the most important diagnostic characters of A. fistulata; unfortunately, the tongue of specimen FMNH 106088 was partially removed as part of the procedure of skull extraction (previously performed) preventing us from determining its actual length. However, the remaining portion of the basal part of the tongue in our specimen follows the anatomical description of A. fistulata's tongue in Muchhala (2006). In specimen FMNH 106088, the basal part of the tongue passes back through the throat into the thoracic cavity and it is inserted at the base of the sternum (Fig. 1b). At its base, the tongue is distinctively surrounded by a sleeve of connective tissue, described as a glossal tube by Muchhala (2006), which follows the ventral position of the trachea (Fig. 1b). The placement of the tongue in a deeper position between the sternum and the heart, as well as the presence of a glossal tube are claimed as autopomorphies of A. fistulata (Muchhala et al., 2006), contrasting the typical placement of the tongue at the base of the oral cavity of other nectarivorous bats (Griffiths, 1982), or at the upper part of the sternum as in other choeronycterines, such as Choeronycteris mexicana, as confirmed based on the dissections of specimens of this taxon (N=3).

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Skull comparisons.--Skull of A. fistulata FMNH 106088 is greater than that in A. aequatoris and A. lusimanueli, and falls within the morphometric ranges reported for A. caudifer and A. fistulata (Mantilla-Meluk and Baker, 2006; Muchhala et al., 2005) (Table 1). The first upper molar has the typical enlarged anteroexternal cusp and a reduced associated cristid, characters identified as synapomorphies of the A. caudifer complex (Griffiths and Gardner, 2008; Mantilla-Meluk and Baker, 2010 Fig. 8 Pg. 15). This character differentiates A. fistulata from A. carishina, A. geoffroyi, and A. peruana (Mantilla-Meluk and Baker, 2010). Additionally, A. fistulata has complete zygomata, differentiating it from A. peruana and A. latidens. In A. fistulata, the upper canines have a smooth anterior face with no sulci; first lower premolar not enlarged and bladelike shape as in A. cultrata (Handley, 1960). The dentary in A. fistulata is straight and slender resembling that of A. caudifer from Brazil and contrasting the most robust and curved dentary of A. aequatoris from Bolivia, Colombia, and Peru. Although the dentary in A. cadenai is also straight, it is more robust than that of A. fistulata. In A. fistulata the lower tooth row is characterized by a noticeable gap between the 1st and 2nd lower premolars (0.61 mm), a character present in six specimens analyzed by Muchhala et al. (2005) (0.54 mm), which is absent in A. cadenai. Although a gap between the 1st and 2nd lower premolars was also present in A. caudifer specimens from Brazil (N=8), it was less noticeable (< 0.6 mm) than in A. fistulata. The mandible of A. fistulata is also characterized by a protrusion at the mandibular suture (mandibular keel) that is absent in A. cadenai, and less developed in other species of the genus such as A. aequatoris, A. caudifer from Brazil and A. luismanueli (Mantilla-Meluk and Baker, 2006, Fig. 6, Pg. 12).

Principal components analysis of morphometric data.- Most of the skull variation in our dataset was explained by the first two components (PC1 = 83.84% and PC2 = 5.30%) with greater loadings associated with GSL and CBL. Although specimens with GSL greater than 23.0 mm largely overlap in the morphospace of our PCA (Fig. 2), A. fistula proved to be morphometrically independent from other members of the A. caudifer complex (A. aequatoris, A. caudifer, and A. luismanueli) and closely related in skull morphology to A. carishina and small A. peruana in the northern range of the distribution of this species in Colombia.

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Range extension of A. fistulata.--Anoura fistulata was described from Condor Mirador, near the Destacamento Militar (3[degrees]38'08" S, 78[degrees]23'22" W) on the Cordillera del Condor, 1,750 m, Zamora Chichipe Province, Ecuador (Muchhala et al., 2005). Besides the type locality, the authors recorded the species in eleven other localities in Ecuador, two of them on the western versant of the Andes. Lee et al. (2010) reported an additional record from we stern Ecuador from Imbabura (0[degrees]19'51" N, 78[degrees]55'55" W), which represents the lowest elevation reported for the species (702 m). Mantilla-Meluk and Baker (2008) extended the distribution of A. fistulata into the Colombian territory based on a specimen from Llorente, Narino (0[degrees]49'0.00" N, 77[degrees]15'0.00" W), with a posterior extension of the range of the species into the northern portion of the Colombian Andes by Mantilla-Meluk et al. (2009) based on a specimen collected in Pueblo Rico, Department of Risaralda, on the road to La Bocatoma (5[degrees]14'18" N, 76[degrees]2'11" W) at 2,460 m. In the southern part of its range, the distribution of the species was extended by Jimenez et al. (2008) into the Peruvian territory based upon a specimen collected at Playa Colorada, District Huicungo, Department of San Martin (7[degrees]16'60" S, 76[degrees]47'60" W) at 1,704 m. Pacheco et al. (2009) also reported A. fistulata for the Abiseo River, San Martin (not specific locality provided by the authors), deposited at the Museo de la Universidad de San Marcos (MUSM 7213, 7215) and proposed that the species is likely to be present in southern localities along the Andes. Later Garate-Bernardo and Carrasco-Rueda (2011) reported the species for Puno, southern Peru (13[degrees]39'42" S, 70[degrees]28'56" W). Herein, we present the morphological evidence associated with the first record of A. fistulata from Bolivia, which also constitutes the southernmost known locality of the species. The locality is part of the Bolivian montane dry forest (Olson et al., 2001), which encloses the Bolivian Inter-Andean dry forest (Ibish et al., 2003).

Analysis of environmental variation.--In our PCA the first component accounted for most of the variation among A. fistulata collecting localities (PC1 65.86 %, PC2 20.67), with Minimum Temperature (-0.834), Mean Annual Precipitation (-0.427), and Maximum Temperature (-0.290) having a negative loadings and Elevation (0.191) having positive loading.

In our PCA and CA, Puno, Peru and Llorente, Serrania de los Churumbelos in Colombia, represented the most divergent localities in terms of the environmental variables analyzed. Puno, Peru had the lowest minimum temperature; while Llorente had the highest precipitation among analyzed localities (Mean Annual Precipitation>2,490 mm). The rest of the environmental variation was grouped into a single cluster, subdivided into four clusters without geographic structure (Fig. 5).

MaxEnt algorithm niche model.--Areas of high suitability for the species represented by probability values greater than 75% were located in the northern portion of the Andean Region of southern Colombia and Ecuador (Figure 3). In our niche model, the northernmost known locality for the species in Pueblo Rico, Risaralda, Colombia, the westernmost locality at Imbabura, Ecuador; while the southernmost record in that reported for Puno, Peru. In our MaxEnt model, the locality of Puno was associated with predictive values greater than 45%; while the newly reported record from Hernando Siles, Chuquisaca, Bolivia fell within an area characterized by probability values lower than 5%. Additionally, the area of Chuquisaca, Bolivia, is isolated from suitable environments in the northern range of the A. fistulata distribution by the Bolivian Yungas which were represented by probability values lower than 5% (Fig. 3).

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DISCUSSION

Elevation explained most of the variation among A. fistulata collection localities. Anoura fistulata occurs between 702 and 2,517 m (mean = 1,846 m, standard deviation 335 m), altitudinal belt which is well represented along the Andean unit constituted by the Batholith of Ecuador and associated areas in Colombia and Peru. This area is part of three adjacent but ecologically contrasting bioregions: the Eastern Cordillera real montane forest, the Northwestern Andean montane forest, and the Ucayali moist forest (Olson et al., 2001). The elevational belt delimited by maximum and minimum elevations reported for A. fistulata, experiences a substantial reduction in area at central and southern Peru where the Andes are steeper (Fig. 3). Although we agree with Pacheco et al. (2009) and believe that the absence of A. fistulata in central Peru may be an artifact of sampling, and lack of detailed analyses of specimens, the reduction in area of suitable elevations for A. fistulata at this portion of the country may constitute an ecological limiting factor for the establishment of the species, and may be an alternative explanation for the gap of records between San Martin and Puno.

The northern range of the distribution of A. fistulata enclosed the most divergent environments for the analyzed variables. In this portion of its distribution A. fistulata inhabits three adjacent but ecologically contrasting bioregions: the Eastern Cordillera real montane forest, the Northwestern Andean montane forest, and the Ucayali moist forest as defined by Olson et al. (2001). In both our PCA and CA the Andean montane moist forests of Western Ecuador and Central Colombia, represented by the localities of Imbabura and Serrania de los Churumbelos, respectively, as well as the premontane forests of Southern Colombia in Llorente were classified in independent groups in our cluster analysis (Fig. 5). This result reflects the great variety of environments inhabited by A fistulata.

One of the most significant results of this study is the latitudinal extension of the distribution of A. fistulata by more than 7[degrees] into Hernando Siles in Bolivia. In both our PCA and CA, the geographically isolated A. fistulata Bolivian locality clustered with those in the northern portion of the distribution of the species (Figs. 4 and 5). The A. fistulata Bolivian locality at the Bolivian Inter-Andean dry forests biome (Ibish et al. 2003) is characterized by a marked seasonality with a dry period of 8 to 10 months, and the area is dominated by xerophytic dwarf forests (chaparral), columnar, and terrestrial cacti (Ibish et al. 2003). Although not representing arid enclaves, Ecuadorian collecting localities of: Chinapinza, Cuevas de Numbala and Condor Mirador shared low Precipitation values and high Minimum and Maximum Temperature and cluster with A. fistulata Bolivian locality (Figs. 4 and 5).

Areas identified as arid enclaves in southern Colombia and Ecuador were also included in our A. fistulata MaxEnt model. With a disjunctive distribution, arid enclaves are relatively common along the Andean System from Venezuela south to Chile and glossophagine bats and particularly representatives of the genus Anoura are a typical component of their faunas (Soriano and Ruiz 2002, Sanchez et al. 2006). Pollen of the cacti Opuntia dillenii, Pilosocereus sp., and Stenocereus griseus has been found in the guts of the congeneric A. carishina (Mantilla-Meluk and Baker 2010) from arid enclaves in the southern Andes of Colombia, enclosed within areas associated with A. fistulata intermediate presence probabilities (>35%) in our MaxEnt model (Fig. 3). Several studies have pointed on the co-evolutionary relationship that exists between glossophagine bats and columnar cacti characterizing chiropterophylic syndromes that consist of anatomical and behavioral adaptations of both cacti and bats to promote and facilitate bat pollination (Baker et al. 2012, Fleming et al. 2009, Nassar et al. 1997, Rivera-Marchand and Ackerman 2006, Ruiz et al. 1997, Soriano and Ruiz 2006, Valiente-Banuet et al. 1997). The co-evolutionary history between Neotropical nectar feeders and cacti supports their existence in relatively wide latitudinal gradients across divergent bioregions enclosing arid enclaves.

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Anoura fistulata proved to exist in a wide altitudinal range in divergent bioregions enclosing ecologically contrasting localities. Most of the ecological variation among known localities is associated with the northern portion of the species distribution. The prevalence of A. fistulata along the geologic unit of the Batholith of Ecuador as well as the absence of the species across Central and Southern Peru is apparently explained by differences in steepness and its effect on the area of the elevational belt between 1,175 m and 2517 m. A reduction of this elevational belt in Central and Southern Peru may constitute an ecological barrier for the establishment of A. fistulata in that region, isolating the arid environments inhabited by the species in the southern portion of its distribution in Bolivia.

Although there is not a unified definition that makes specialization comparable across study systems (Lara et al., 2002), the term "specialized" is used to describe species that possess unique attributes (Hintzpeter and Bauer 1986) or a restricted ability to respond to varying environmental parameters (Klopfer and MacArthur, 1960; Endler, 1986), or both (Westoby, 1978; Leisler, 1980; Benkman, 1988; Futuyma and Moreno, 1988). Although other species of nectarivorous bats have long tongues, the size of the tongue in A. fistulata is remarkably longer when compared with other sympatric congeneric species. To date, there is no a detailed analysis on A. fistulata diet, but the data presented herein revealed that the species can occur in contrasting ecosystems presumably having differences in plant compositions, and thus suggesting that unique attributes of A. fistulata do not necessitate stereotypy. Altogether our results support our first hypothesis that interprets extreme adaptations of A. fistulata as features that allow the species to survive in contrasting ecosystems across its distributional range.

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Appendix II. Collecting localities of A. fistula analyzed

BOLIVIA: Chuquisaca: Azero, Hernando Siles, 16 Km; N Monteagudo, 1,524 m, 20[degrees]10'0.00" S, 64[degrees]15'0.00" W. COLOMBIA; Narino: Genova, Municipio de Colon, Vereda Bordo Alto, 1,979 m, 1[degrees] 38'47" N, 77[degrees] 1'27" W; Llorente, 2,088 m, 0[degrees]49'0.00" N, 77[degrees]15'0.00" W; Risaralda: Pueblo Rico, on the road to La Bocatoma, 2,460 m, 5[degrees]14'18" N, 76[degrees]2'11" W; Cauca: Serrania de Los Churumbelos, Municipio de Santa Rosa, Vereda La Petrolera, Tataui, 2,100 m, 1[degrees]14'32.32" N, 76[degrees]30'28.34" W; ECUADOR: Imbabura: 10 km east of Santa Rosa, 702 m 0[degrees]19'51" N, 78[degrees]55'55" W; Morona Santiago: Uunsuants, 1,300 m, 2[degrees]33"09" S, 77[degrees]53'48" W; Rio Cristalino, 1,061 m, 3[degrees]31'12" S, 78[degrees]25'48" W; Napo: Cotundo, 1,870 m, 0[degrees]38'30" S, 77[degrees]50'15" W; El Salado; Alto Coca, 1,800 m, 0[degrees]15'0.00" S, 77[degrees]41'0.00" W; Pichincha: Bellavista, 2,200 m, 0[degrees]00'08" S, 78[degrees]41'02" W; Guajalito, 2,000 m, 0[degrees]13'09" S, 78[degrees]48'00" W; Pahuma, 2,275, 0[degrees]01'04" S, 78[degrees]38'00" W; Yanayacu, 2,075 m, 0[degrees]35'03" S, 77[degrees]52'08" W; Zamora Chichipe: La Herradura, 1,750 m, 4[degrees]02'02" S, 78[degrees]34'12" W; Chinapinza, 1,700 m, 4[degrees]02'19" S, 78[degrees]35'40" W; Cuevas de Numbala, 1,890 m, 4[degrees]32'48" S, 79[degrees]04'05" W; Destacamento Militar, Condor Mirador, 1,750 m, 3[degrees]38'08" S, 78[degrees]23'22" W; Volcan Sumaco, 0[degrees]34'19" S, 77[degrees]35'64" W; PERU: Puno: the village of Chacaneque, Ollachea district, Carabaya province, 13[degrees]39'42" S, 70[degrees]28'56" W; San Martin: District of Huicungo; Playa Colorada, 1,704 m, 7[degrees]16'60" S, 76[degrees]47'60" W.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This work would not be possible without the invaluable efforts devoted by the Field Museum of Natural History to the understanding of the mammalian biodiversity of the Andes represented in their collections. We specially thank B. D. Patterson, L. R. Heaney, and R. Banasiak. We thank R. J. Baker, J. Dunnum, J. Cook, H. Lopez, G. D. Amat, J. Aguirre, K. Helgen, D. Wilson, and A. L. Gardner whom facilitated our visit to the collections of the Natural Science Research Laboratory of the Texas Tech Museum, the Southwestern Collection of the University of New Mexico, the Instituto de Ciencias Naturales of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and the National Museum of Natural History. We particularly thank N. Muchhala for his valuable comments. This work was funded by the Field Museum of Natural History Fellowship. Finally we thank H. York and R. Cadenillas for critical review of the manuscript.

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Recibido: 15/10/2012

Aceptado: 01/11/2014

HUGO MANTILLA-MELUK

Programa de Biologia, Universidad del Quindio. Carrera 15 Calle 12 Norte, Armenia, Quindio, Colombia. hugo.mantilla-meluk@gmail.com

LIZETTE SILES

Texas Tech University, Department of Biological Sciences and The Museum of Texas Tech University Lubbock TX, 79409-1313, U.S.A.

LUIS F. AGUIRRE

Centro de Biodiversidad y Genetica, Universidad Mayor de San Simon, casilla 538, Cochabamba, Bolivia.
Table 1. Skull measurements of a selected group of specimens of Anoura
in all recognized species in the genus. All specimens correspond to
females except those of A. cadenai (*), represented by only males.
Measurements of specimen A. fistulata FMNH 10688 from Chuquisaca,
Bolivia are also included. Description of the measurements are
included in Appendix I.

                        GSL     CB      PAL     PO      MB     BCW

A. aequatoris           22.00   21.32   11.65   4.53    8.34   8.83
N = 17           StDv   0.55    0.67    0.67    0.19    0.34   0.39
A. cadenai*             23.47   22.51   12.46   4.92    8.43   9.23
N = 4            StDv   0.33    0.31    0.30    0.36    0.15   0.25
A. carishina            24.04   23.31   11.98   4.86    8.88   9.55
N = 4            StDv   0.00    0.04    0.29    0.19    0.27   0.35
A. caudifer             22.7    22.1    12.5    4.7     8.4    8.9
N = 13           StDv   0.6     0.6     0.5     0.2     0.2    0.2
A. cultrata             24.26   22.45   12.17   5.02    9.05   9.65
N = 11           StDv   0.58    3.08    0.44    0.16    0.17   0.22
A. fistulata            24.14   23.50   12.86   4.61    8.58   9.21
N =4             StDv   0.66    0.66    0.80    0.15    0.45   0.32
FMNH 106088             23.75   23.09   12.72   4.56    8.1    8.74
A. geoffroyi            24.90   24.05   13.25   5.17    9.20   9.76
N = 11           StDv   0.358   0.34    0.48    0.21    0.27   0.25
A. latidens             24.23   23.50   12.18   22.30   9.09   9.61
N = 29           StDv   0.57    0.74    0.48    93.61   0.23   0.23
A. lasyopiga            24.74   24.22   13.49   4.97    9.14   9.69
N = 4            StDv   0.38    0.42    0.28    0.19    0.12   0.12
A. luismanueli          21.51   20.77   11.16   4.53    8.27   9.01
N = 3            StDv   0.42    0.26    0.28    0.21    0.07   0.16
A. peruana              25.16   24.22   13.10   4.89    9.13   9.68
N = 87           StDv   1.18    1.16    1.46    0.19    0.22   0.22

                        BCH    TR     M-M    C-C    Mand     ManTR

A. aequatoris           6.85   8.11   5.46   3.95   15.54    8.49
N = 17           StDv   0.33   0.34   0.20   0.18   0.49     0.25
A. cadenai*             8.34   8.75   5.68   4.31   16.67    9.16
N = 4            StDv   0.17   0.15   0.16   0.10   0.34     0.10
A. carishina            7.22   8.98   5.99   4.11   16.58    9.47
N = 4            StDv   0.37   0.07   0.15   0.06   0.12     0.03
A. caudifer             6.9    8.3    5.4    4.3    16.2     8.6
N = 13           StDv   0.3    0.2    0.2    1.2    0.5      0.4
A. cultrata             7.64   8.38   5.78   4.77   16.91    8.87
N = 11           StDv   0.22   0.23   0.32   0.14   0.36     0.32
A. fistulata            8.02   8.83   5.75   4.20   16.08    9.15
N =4             StDv   0.41   0.55   0.19   0.19   1.52     0.50
FMNH 106088             8.0    8.5    5.78   3.96   16.31    8.76
A. geoffroyi            7.54   9.46   6.23   4.46   17.39    9.77
N = 11           StDv   0.36   0.18   0.19   0.14   0.29     0.28
A. latidens             6.87   9.23   6.10   4.25   77.76    9.34
N = 29           StDv   0.29   0.19   0.18   0.17   315.81   1.12
A. lasyopiga            7.26   9.56   6.00   4.28   17.52    9.80
N = 4            StDv   0.08   0.42   0.20   0.14   0.32     0.36
A. luismanueli          6.62   7.58   4.75   4.01   15.29    8.48
N = 3            StDv   0.26   0.41   0.29   0.29   0.33     0.28
A. peruana              7.31   9.39   5.97   4.33   17.44    9.76
N = 87           StDv   0.51   0.30   0.20   0.16   0.67     0.59

Table 2. Loadings of collecting localities
in the four axes of our PCA for the four
environmental variables analyzed.

Locality   Axis 1      Axis 2       Axis 3       Axis 4

EcUt       0,25038     0,029171     0,095396     -0,01022
EcRC       0,15734     0,17249      0,13645      -0,015108
EcCo       -0,09162    0,02774      -0,013053    0,0018196
EcES       -0,068289   0,014477     0,0085036    -0,0030054
EcBv       -0,12227    -0,13693     0,0027879    -0,019774
EcGj       -0,10363    -0,073067    0,012319     -0,010255
EcPh       -0,15274    0,02953      -0,098027    0,024233
EcYn       0,044443    -0,10837     -0,019381    -0,0071039
EcLH       0,058591    -0,071609    0,041699     -0,020912
EcCh       0,078192    0,04323      -0,0067959   0,022955
EcCvN      0,13687     -0,022277    -0,037474    0,019495
CoLl       -0,31288    0,10048      -0,073593    -0,042427
PeSM       -0,048248   0,2043       -0,074622    0,027683
BoHS       0,15572     0,077378     0,013545     0,0075025
CoGe       -0,012502   0,015025     -0,0029493   -0,048665
CoCh       0,24473     -0,15828     -0,038114    0,010245
CoPR       0,030977    -0,063196    -0,11623     0,008585
EcCM       0,14327     -0,0056678   -0,0098785   0,013256
PePu       -0,38833    -0,07443     0,17942      0,041696

Abbreviations used to designate collecting localities:
BOLIVIA: Hernando Siles (BoHS); COLOMBIA;
Genova (CoGe); Llorente (CoLl); Pueblo Rico
(CoPR); Serrania de Los Churumbelos (CoCh);
ECUADOR: Imbabura (EcImb); Uunsuants
(EcUt); Rio Cristalino (EcRC); Cotundo (EcCo);
El Salado (EcES); Bellavista (EcBv); Guajalito
(EcGj); Pahuma (EcPh); Yanayacu (EcYn); La
Herradura (EcLH); Chinapinza (EcCh), 1,700 m;
Cuevas de Numbala (EcCvN); Condor Mirador
(EcCM); PERU: Playa Colorada (PePC); Puno
(PePu).
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