ZOOLOGY IN THE MIDDLE EAST, vol.65, no.1, pp.20-27, 2019 (SCI-Expanded)
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ZOOLOGY IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
Geometric morphometry, morphological distinction, shape variation, Turkey, MOLES INSECTIVORA, EVOLUTION, DIVERGENCE, EUROPAEA, TALPIDAE, ROMANA
Ondokuz Mayıs University Affiliated:
We analysed with landmark-based images morphological differences between four species of Talpa which resemble each other morphologically and are all highly adapted to underground life. Subtle shape differences of the skull and mandibular bones were found between all species. However, there is also broad overlap between all species. Talpa caucasica had the largest skull and mandibles, and Talpa levantis the smallest.