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Morphological and genetic analyses in the Melanoplus packardii group (Orthoptera: acrididae).


The taxonomic status of members of the Melanoplus packardii group (Crthoptera: Acrididae) has been changed numerous times. Melanoplus packardii packardii Scudder was described in 1897 (Scudder 1897) and its taxonomic status has not shifted since (Pfadt 2002, Capinera et al. 2004). Melanoplus foedus Scudder was described in 1897 (Scudder 1897), but was considered a subspecies of M. packardii for five years (Blatchley 1920, Hebard 1925). It is currently recognized as a full species (Vickery & Kevan 1985, Pfadt 2002, Capinera et al. 2004). Melanoplus packardii brooksi Vickery was described from Canada in 1979 (Vickery 1979) and it remains recognized as a subspecies of M. packardii. Melanoplus fluviatilis Bruner was described as a species in 1897 (Bruner 1897), but without an extensive description. It was formally described in 1920 (Blatchley 1920), but was later placed as a subspecies of M. foedus (Hebard 1931). Its taxonomic status has remained unchanged since 1931 (Helfer 1987, Kirk & Bomar 2005). Melanoplus foedus isleyi Hebard was described as a subspecies of M. foedus and remains as a subspecies under current classification (Hebard 1936a, Capinera et al. 2004). Finally, Melanoplus stonei Rehn was described in 1904 (Rehn 1904) and has since been recognized as a subspecies of M. foedus (Cantrall 1968) or M. packardii (Hebard 1928), but is now considered distinct [Hebard 1932 (1931), Vickery & Kevan 1985, Kirk & Bomar 2005].

In summary, the current literature recognizes the following species and subspecies in the packardii group: Melanoplus packardii, Melanoplus foedus foedus, Melanoplus foedus fluviatilis, Melanoplus foedus isleyi, and Melanoplus stonei (Eades & Ctte 2009). The ranges of M. foedus foedus and M. foedus fluviatilis overlap across a large portion of the United States, and yet no apparent hybrids have been mentioned in the literature. In addition, the range of M. foedus isleyi appears to overlap the range of M. foedus fluviatilis over a smaller area (Eades & Ctte 2009).

All forms within this group are very difficult to differentiate because few morphological characters consistently differ between them and even the genitalic differences are few. The cerci of the males of all forms are virtually identical; however, the aedeagus of M. packardii differs from that of M. foedus (Brooks 1958).

Chapco et al. (1999) conducted mitochondrial DNA analyses on several North American Melanoplus species and determined that M. packardii and M. foedus were distinct, but closely related, species. However, genetic analysis of members of the group has also been inconclusive and a later study by Chapco and Litzenberger (2002) determined that M. packardii and M. foedus had some genetic overlap among individuals. Together, these results suggest that these species either represent a variable single species or they represent a very recent evolutionary radiation with hybridization possible. More detailed studies on the genetic relationships between described species and subspecies within the M. packardii group are needed to clarify these relationships.

Collections of large series from this group across Nebraska from 2005 to 2007 show trends that raise questions on the taxonomic status of forms currently recognized as subspecies of M. foedus and for M. packardii. This study scores morphological traits and uses molecular analyses to test three hypotheses: 1) Melanoplus foedus and M. packardii are distinct species; 2) Melanoplus foedus fluviatilis represents a full species; and 3) local hybridization occurs between M. packardii and M. foedus.


Large series of the forms M. packardii, M. foedus foedus, and M. foedus fluviatilis were collected from across Nebraska, as well as from a single site in South Dakota, during the summers of 2005-2007. Specimens were identified to species using a variety of resources, including Bruner (1897), Scudder (1897), Helfer (1987), and Pfadt (2002).

All specimens used for morphological studies were then pinned and placed in the collection at USDA-APHIS in Lincoln, Nebraska. Specimens representing potential hybrids between M. foedus foedus and M. packardii were grouped with the species or subspecies with which they shared the greatest similarity. Genetic examination was then used to determine the identity of these possible hybrids (see below). A total of 151 M. foedus fluviatilis, 265 M. foedus foedus, and 133 M. packardii were examined morphologically (Table 1).

Nonmeasurement data included species determination, date, county, locality, sex, hind tibial color, postocular bar development and predominant color, consistency of dorsal pronotal color (solid or striped), predominant dorsal pronotal color, and secondary pronotal color. Measurement data were obtained for tegmen length (from lowest insertion along lower pronotum to tip), narrowest dorsal distance between eyes, and length of male furculae. Measurements of tegmen length were done using a vernier caliper and estimated to the nearest 0.1 mm, while measurements of the intereye distance and length of furculae were taken with an optical micrometer (Scope: Clympus SZ-STS, 2.5x x 10x = 25x; Micrometer: Clympus AX0001 CB-M, 1/100 mm). Melanoplus f. fluviatilis and M. f. foedus were separated based on the characters listed in Table 2.

Characters were then analyzed using PRCC GLIMMIX (SAS Institute Inc. 2006). Measurement data (tegmen length, distance between eyes, and male furcula length) were analyzed under a normal distribution while categorical variables (tibial color, postocular bar development, and postocular color) were analyzed under a multinomial distribution. Because of distinct differences in size between sexes, males and females were compared separately for measurement variables.

Examination of Aedeagi.--Aedeagi from three males of specimens identified as M. foedus fluviatilis, M. foedus foedus, and M. packardii were examined for structural differences. In each case, the terminal part of the abdomen of three males was severed, intestinal contents removed, and the remaining structure soaked in a solution of KCH for approximately 24 h. After 24 h, these were transferred to 70% ethanol and the aedeagus then removed. Aedeagi were cleaned under a dissecting scope to remove bits of connective tissue. They were placed in 70% ethanol until examination. Photographs of the aedeagi were taken through a dissecting scope, and drawn using a camera lucida. A comparison was made of the general structure of the terminal end of the aedeagus, especially in regard to paramere structure.

Genetic Analyses

DNA Isolation and Quantification.--DNA was isolated from the hind legs of 9 individuals of each form, following a modified Doyle and Doyle (1987) CTAB extraction protocol. Pelleted DNA was suspended in 50 [micro]l 1x TE buffer (10 mM Tris-HCL, 0.1 mM EDTA). The locations, dates of collection, and the number of specimens used in the genetic analyses are presented in Table 3.

AFLP-PCR.--Genetic variation was analyzed using a modified AFLP (amplified fragment length polymorphism) procedure based on Vos et al. (1995).

Template preparation.--Approximately 7 [micro]l of 150 ng/[micro]l DNA template was incubated with 0.0625 [micro]l EcoRI, 0.125 [micro]l MseI (New England Biolabs), 1.25 [micro]l Cne-Phor-All buffer (GE Healthcare), 0.125 [micro]l bovine serum albumin (New England Biolabs), and nanopure water for total volume of 12.5 [micro]l at 37[degrees]C for 2.5 h in a PTC-200 Peltier Thermal Cycler (MJ Research, Inc., Waltham, MA). The resulting fragments were then incubated at 25[degrees]C for 8 h with a ligation mixture of 0.15 [micro]l T4 DNA ligase, 10x T4 DNA ligase buffer (New England Biolabs, Foster City, CA), 0.5 [micro]l EcoRI adapter, 0.5 [micro]l MseI adapter (Operon Technologies), and 3.35 [micro]l nanopure water. A 1: 10 dilution was then performed on the ligation product using 1x TE buffer.

Preamplification.--1.25 [micro]l of the ligation mixture was incubated with 10 [micro]l Preamplification Primer Mix II (Invitrogen), 1.25 [micro]l 10x PCR buffer II, 0.75 [micro]l Mg[Cl.sub.2], and 0.25 [micro]l Amplitag DNA polymerase (Applied Biosystems). The PCR program consisted of 20 cycles (30 s at 94[degrees]C, 1 min at 56[degrees]C, 1 min at 72[degrees]C). A 1:20 dilution with nanopure water was performed on the product.

Selective amplification.--Reaction volumes containing 4.1 ul nano-pure water, 1.2 [micro]l 10x PCR buffer II, 0.72 [micro]l Mg[Cl.sub.2], 0.08 [micro]l Amplitag DNA polymerase (Applied Biosystems), 2.0 [micro]l MseI primer (LI-COR), 0.4 [micro]l BcoRI IRD-700 labeled primer (LI-COR), and 2.0 [micro]l of the preamplification template were amplified via PCR. Primers were screened and chosen based on the number and clarity of bands produced. The PCR program consisted of one cycle (30 s at 94[degrees]C, 30 s at 65[degrees]C, 1 min at 72[degrees]C), 12 cycles (30 s at 94[degrees]C, 1 min at 72[degrees]C), and 23 cycles (30 s at 94[degrees]C, 30 s at 56[degrees]C, 1 min at 72[degrees]C). The reaction was stopped by adding 2.5 [micro]l stop solution (LI-COR). The product was then denatured for 1 min at 94[degrees]C and stored at -20 [degrees]C.


Data scoring and analysis.--One-microliter samples were electrophoresed through a [KB.sup.Plus] 6.5% polyacrylamide gel (LI-COR) and the bands detected via infrared florescence, using a laser scanning machine (LI-COR Model 4200S-2). An IRD-700 labeled 50-700 bp size standard was used to estimate fragment size. Sixty-two markers were selected based on clarity, and bands were scored using the program SAGA MX 3.2 (LI-COR). The data were converted to matrix form for further analysis, with a 1 indicating band presence and a 0 indicating absence. Data were analyzed using PAUP 4.0b10 (Swofford 2001). Distance analysis was performed using neighbor joining and minimum evolution, while unweighted maximum parsimony was performed using a heuristic search. Bootstrap analyses of 1000 replicates were performed to assess clade support. Arphia xanthoptera (Burmeister) served as an outgroup taxon. One specimen of the outgroup and a total of 34 specimens of the selected taxa were used in the analyses. Two specimens of the selected taxa did not demonstrate markers distinct enough for analysis.


Distribution.--M. foedus foedus and M. foedus fluviatilis were only found to co-occur at a single site; apparent intergrades were extremely rare and only found at that site. Elsewhere in Nebraska each of these two forms occupied distinct habitats, with M. f. foedus occurring in dry sandy uplands and M. f. fluviatilis in open sandy woodlands and the upper reaches of sandbars along major rivers (Fig. 1).

Extensive sampling showed M. foedus and M. packardii co-occur only rarely in Nebraska. However, in some areas of co-occurrence apparent hybrids between M. foedus and M. packardii were collected fairly commonly, and at these sites, "hybrid" forms tended to predominate over either of the two parent species, making the specie difficult to distinguish. At one site, in Keith County, Nebraska, both species co-occurred in large numbers and no apparent hybrids were observed. This suggests that these two species may be hybridizing in some areas and that the hybridization might be at least partially driven by low abundance of the two forms at these sites.

Morphological examination.--Once separated based on original species descriptions (see Eades and Otte 2009), each of the three forms were found to differ statistically in several characters. All three forms differed significantly in tibial color frequency (p <0.0001). Tibial color of M. foedus was nearly always red to pinkish red and that of M. packardii was most often blue (Fig. 2). The tibial color of M. f. fluviatilis was variable, being red, purple, or blue, or more rarely, pallid (Fig. 2). With the exception of a single specimen from Lake McConaughy, Keith County, Nebraska, all M. foedus fluviatilis had the dorsal pronotum solidly colored (usually brown), and this single specimen may be an intergrade with M. foedus foedus. All M. foedus foedus and M. packardii had the dorsal pronotum distinctly striped. While M. foedus foedus and M. packardii were generally similar in having a striped dorsal pronotum, the color of the dark stripes tended more strongly toward red-brown in specimens identified as M. foedus foedus and dark olive-brown in M. packardii.


Hind femur and tegmen lengths were similar within sexes for all three forms (Table 4). Both sexes of M. f. fluviatilis and M. packardii differed from M. f. foedus in the minimum distance between the eyes, but were similar to each other (Tables 4 and 5). Males of Melanoplus f. fluviatilis and M. packardii differed from M. f. foedus in the length of the male furculae (Table 5).

Examination of the aedeagi of males showed strong differences in the shape and angle of the basal ring, as well as in the shape and length/width ratio of the parameres among adeagi of M. packardii and M. foedus. There were no distinct or consistent differences between M. foedus fluviatilis and M. foedus foedus in aedeagal structure. Although the middle tooth of the inner side of the primary ventral paramere appeared to be slightly more pronounced in M. f. foedus, this trait was not consistent (Fig. 3).

Genetic analyses.--A total of 62 characters, both monomorphic and polymorphic, were used in this study. Fifty-two of the 62 characters were parsimony-informative. A large number of polymorphic bands were found both between and within species. Neither distance nor parsimony analysis resolve this species complex (Figs 4, 5), suggesting that there may be frequent hybridization. It is unclear whether each of these forms is a distinct species or if hybridization and resultant introgression occurs. These results are similar to those obtained by Chapco and Litzenberger (2002) when they analyzed numerous species in the genus Melanoplus using mitochondrial DNA. These authors were also unable to distinguish between M. packardii and M. foedus.


As anticipated based on descriptions of the forms, Melanoplus f. foedus, M. f. fluviatilis, and M. packardii each display morphometric differences. Compared to M. f. foedus, M. f. fluviatilis is distinguished by having a solid color on the dorsal pronotum and usually having large, dark postocular bars. The minimum distance between the eyes was significantly different between M. f. foedus and M. f. fluviatilis, despite the fact that tegmen lengths did not differ. The structure of the aedeagus did not differ between the subspecies, but differed between M. foedus and M. packardii. Hind tibial color could also be used to differentiate M. f. foedus and M. packardii in Nebraska approximately 90% of the time. M. f. fluviatilis appears to be intermediate in this character, with individuals exhibiting broad variation in color. While M. stonei was not analyzed in this study, all specimens collected by the senior author from northwestern Ontario, Canada have red hind tibiae. To further complicate identification within this group, occasional specimens resembling M. foedus isleyi occur in Nebraska. This subspecies is differentiated by poorly developed postocular bars and pallid hind tibiae.

Examination of the male aedeagus revealed that in M. foedus it is clearly and consistently distinct from that of M. packardii in several characteristics. However, the aedeagus of M. f. fluviatilis is virtually indistinguishable from that of M. f. foedus. The shape and angle of the basal ring as well as the form of the parameres appear to be identical (Fig. 3).

The lack of any distinct clades in the genetic analyses (Figs 4, 5) supports M. foedus foedus and M. foedus fluviatilis as being the same species and that frequent interbreeding or hybridization occurs between these taxa and M. packardii. Our results are similar to those obtained by Chapco and Litzenberger (2002) when they analyzed numerous species in the genus Melanoplus using mitochondrial DNA and were unable to distinguish between M. packardii and M. foedus based on genetic criteria.

Morphological differences in the absence of clear genetic differences suggest several possibilities: 1) M. foedus and M. packardii are environmentally induced forms of the same species; 2) they are species that were previously separated but have retained the ability to interbreed where populations meet; 3) or they are subspecies in the process of becoming full species. Although our data do not allow resolution of these or other possibilities, the forms in Nebraska occur most often in distinct habitats.

In Nebraska, M. f. foedus occurs in upland sandy areas with sparse vegetation and is especially common in the Nebraska Sandhills. Melanoplus f. fluviatilis occurs in lowland areas near rivers, especially along the higher areas of sandbars and in open woodland where there is more growth of weedy vegetation. Melanoplus packardii is most common in areas with somewhat sparse vegetation on generally heavy soils such as clay or loess. Populations of suspected hybrids between M. foedus and M. packardii have been found mostly in sparsely vegetated areas on heterogeneous soils, especially in areas where clays are mixed with small stones or gravel. These observations suggest that each form may differ in soil and/or plant preference, but may hybridize where multiple habitats mix.

In areas with heterogeneous soils, apparent hybrids between M. foedus and M. packardii tend to predominate over either parent species, but all forms tend to occur at low to moderate densities. At one site in Nebraska (Keith County, ca 1.9 km east of Roscoe off Highway 30), both M. foedus and M. packardii are abundant, but no apparent hybrids were found. At this site, it appears that the forms are capable of differentiating between each other. Together, these observations may lend evidence to male choice driving hybridization, as males of some insect species are known to mate with females of a closely related species if females of the same species are scarce (Platt et al. 1978).


The lack of genetic differentiation suggests that M. foedus and M. packardii are actually one species. However, we feel that differences in aedeagal structure and habitat occurrence should be recognized and that the species designation should remain until additional genetic or behavioral tests can be performed. The lack of resolution in the genetic tests could be the result of occasional hybridization.

While we conclude that M. packardii and M. foedus are distinct morphologically, including in male genitalia, we suggest that M. f. fluviatilis should be synonymized under M. foedus. Further research is needed to verify our conclusions, but we suspect that M. f. fluviatilis is an environmentally induced variant of M. foedus and does not qualify as a valid subspecies based on distribution. Both forms can be found throughout Nebraska in suitable habitat. Thus, one could feasibly consider them ecotypes; however, some of the external traits may be indiscrete or subject to environmental influence (Shelford 1917, Otte and Williams 1972). Such environmental factors have been shown to exert a strong influence on adult coloration in other grasshopper species (Otte & Williams 1972). Furthermore, collections of a related species, Melanoplus angustipennis (Dodge), have shown darker individuals more predominant in partially wooded riverine areas compared to in adjacent uplands (although not as dark as M. foedus fluviatilis), sometimes with this change noted over a distance of less than 0.2 km (M.L. Brust, unpub.).


We would like to thank the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Inspection Service. We also thank Thomas Hunt for providing funding for part of this study. Thanks to Steven R. Skoda for his assistance editing the manuscript.

Submitted January 18, 2010, accepted December 5, 2010


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Mathew L. Brust, Erica J. Lindroth, W. Wyatt Hoback, Robert J. Wright, Kathy Hanford and John E. Foster

[MLB, EJL, RJW, JEF; all based Nebraska USA] Department of Entomology, University of Nebraska Lincoln, 202 Entomology Hall, Lincoln, NE 68583-0816. Email:,,

[MLB] Present address: Department of Biology, Chadron State College, 1000 Main Street, Chadron, NE 69337. Email: [WWH] Department of Biology, University of Nebraska at Kearney, 905 W 25th Street, Kearney, NE 68849. Email: [KH] Department of Statistics, University of Nebraska Lincoln, 340 Hardin Hall North, Lincoln, NE 68583-0963. Email:
Table 1. Number of specimens of each Melanoplus taxon by county
of collection examined in morphometric study.

Species                     County      Quantity

M. foedus fluviatilis      Buffalo         11
M. foedus fluviatilis       Dawson         78
M. foedus fluviatilis       Furnas         4
M. foedus fluviatilis    Hughes (SD)       2
M. foedus fluviatilis      Kearney         1
M. foedus fluviatilis       Keith          42
M. foedus fluviatilis      Lincoln         12
M. foedus foedus            Arthur         6
M. foedus foedus            Banner         1
M. foedus foedus            Blaine         8
M. foedus foedus          Box Butte        2
M. foedus foedus            Brown          2
M. foedus foedus            Cherry         12
M. foedus foedus            Custer         6
M. foedus foedus            Deuel          1
M. foedus foedus            Dundy          8
M. foedus foedus            Garden         37
M. foedus foedus            Grant          29
M. foedus foedus             Hall          1
M. foedus foedus             Holt          5
M. foedus foedus            Hooker         5
M. foedus foedus            Keith          13
M. foedus foedus          Keya Paha        1
M. foedus foedus           Lincoln         15
M. foedus foedus            Logan          5
M. foedus foedus             Loup          1
M. foedus foedus          McPherson        1
M. foedus foedus           Morrill         53
M. foedus foedus          Red Willow       2
M. foedus foedus             Rock          5
M. foedus foedus         Scotts Bluff      14
M. foedus foedus           Sheridan        19
M. foedus foedus            Sioux          2
M. foedus foedus            Thomas         17
M. packardii                Banner         3
M. packardii               Buffalo         1
M. packardii                Chase          3
M. packardii                Cherry         3
M. packardii                Custer         6
M. packardii                Dundy          3
M. packardii               Franklin        9
M. packardii                Furnas         1
M. packardii                 Gage          3
M. packardii                Garden         16
M. packardii                Gosper         1
M. packardii               Greeley         2
M. packardii                Harlan         1
M. packardii                Hayes          2
M. packardii              Hitchcock        2
M. packardii                Howard         4
M. packardii                Keith          31
M. packardii                 Knox          4
M. packardii                 Loup          4
M. packardii               Morrill         2
M. packardii                Pawnee         16
M. packardii             Scotts Bluff      5
M. packardii               Sheridan        4
M. packardii               Sherman         1
M. packardii                Sioux          6

Table 2. Characters for differentiating M. foedus fluviatilis and
M. foedus foedus.

                                   M. foedus foedus

Hind tibia color      Pinkish red, rarely blue

Color of dorsal       Orange-brown with light stripes laterally

Postocular bars       Lacking or poorly developed, brown to black

Male furcula length   Usually 0.39-0.52 mm, rarely under 0.35 mm

Color inner hind      Light yellowish to light orange-brown

                                  M. foedus fluviatilis

Hind tibia color      Pinkish red, purple, or blue

Color of dorsal       Solid 'fill' with speckled appearance, woody
pronotum              brown

Postocular bars       Strongly developed, black to rarely brown

Male furcula length   Usually 0.22-0.39 mm, rarely over 0.40 mm

Color inner hind      Orange to red, may have heavy blackish suffusion,
femur                 rarely orange-brown

Table 3. Collection information for specimens used in genetic analyses.

Species              State      County            Location

Arphia              Nebraska   Lancaster  Lincoln / Wilderness Park

Melanoplus foedus   Nebraska    Dawson       5 km S of Lexington

Melanoplus foedus   Nebraska   Lincoln    22 km NNW of North Platte

Melanoplus          Nebraska    Pawnee        3 km N of DuBois

M. foedus x         Nebraska   Morrill     27 km SW of Bridgeport

M. foedus x         Nebraska    Garden      10 km SSE of Lewellen

Species              lat N       long W         Date        Quantity

Arphia              40.77960   -96.72044    September 20,      1
(outgroup)                                      2007

Melanoplus foedus   40.73792   -99.74183    July 11, 2007      9

Melanoplus foedus   41.32046   -100.86832   July 12, 2007      9

Melanoplus          40.05749   -96.05039    July 14, 2007      8

M. foedus x         41.49725   -103.29411   July 24, 2007      4

M. foedus x         41.25720   -102.10593   July 23, 2007      4

Table 4. Means and standard errors of measurement data (mm) from
analyzed specimens.

                                        Forewing length

Species (by ID)                    Sex     Mean      error

Melanoplus foedus fluviatilis    female    23.0       1.1
Melanoplus foedus foedus         female    22.9       1.9
Melanoplus packardii             female    23.2       1.4
Melanoplus foedus fluviatilis     male     21.3       1.3
Melanoplus foedus foedus          male     21.4       1.4
Melanoplus packardii              male     21.9       1.5

                                     Distance between eyes

Species (by ID)                    Sex     Mean      error

Melanoplus foedus fluviatilis    female    0.86      0.08
Melanoplus foedus foedus         female    0.90      0.09
Melanoplus packardii             female    0.85      0.11
Melanoplus foedus fluviatilis     male     0.65      0.06
Melanoplus foedus foedus          male     0.73      0.06
Melanoplus packardii              male     0.71      0.12

                                        Furcula length

Species (by ID)                    Sex     Mean      error

Melanoplus foedus fluviatilis    female     NA        NA
Melanoplus foedus foedus         female     NA        NA
Melanoplus packardii             female     NA        NA
Melanoplus foedus fluviatilis     male     0.34      0.11
Melanoplus foedus foedus          male     0.46      0.05
Melanoplus packardii              male     0.36      0.06

Table 5. Species and subspecies comparisons of tegmen length, minimum
distance between eyes, and male furcula length. Significant
differences (>0.05) are indicated by an asterisk and bold type.

Species Comparison                       Sex           Character

M. foedus fluviatilis vs M. foedus      female       tegmen length

M. foedus fluviatilis vs M. packardii   female       tegmen length

M. foedus foedus vs M. packardii        female       tegmen length

M. foedus fluviatilis vs M. foedus       male        tegmen length

M. foedus fluviatilis vs M. packardii    male        tegmen length

M. foedus foedus vs M. packardii         male        tegmen length

M. foedus fluviatilis vs M. foedus      female   distance between eyes

M. foedus fluviatilis vs M. packardii   female   distance between eyes

M. foedus foedus vs M. packardii        female   distance between eyes

M. foedus fluviatilis vs M. foedus       male    distance between eyes

M. foedus fluviatilis vs M. packardii    male    distance between eyes

M. foedus foedus vs M. packardii         male    distance between eyes

M. foedus fluviatilis vs M. foedus       male       furcula length

M. foedus fluviatilis vs M. packardii    male       furcula length

M. foedus foedus vs M. packardii         male       furcula length

Species Comparison                          p

M. foedus fluviatilis vs M. foedus       0.8819

M. foedus fluviatilis vs M. packardii    0.2224

M. foedus foedus vs M. packardii         0.1199

M. foedus fluviatilis vs M. foedus       0.4573

M. foedus fluviatilis vs M. packardii    0.1489

M. foedus foedus vs M. packardii          0.374

M. foedus fluviatilis vs M. foedus      <0.0001 *

M. foedus fluviatilis vs M. packardii     0.677

M. foedus foedus vs M. packardii        <0.0001 *

M. foedus fluviatilis vs M. foedus      <0.0001 *

M. foedus fluviatilis vs M. packardii    0.0782

M. foedus foedus vs M. packardii        <0.0001 *

M. foedus fluviatilis vs M. foedus      <0.0001 *

M. foedus fluviatilis vs M. packardii    0.0908

M. foedus foedus vs M. packardii        <0.0001 *
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Author:Brust, Mathew L.; Lindroth, Erica J.; Hoback, W. Wyatt; Wright, Robert J.; Hanford, Kathy; Foster, J
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Date:Jul 1, 2010
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