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1 April 2014 Carnivoran Ecomorphology: Patterns below the Family Level
Lars Werdelin, Gina D. Wesley-Hunt
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We studied the multivariate morphospace of a sample of 216 extant carnivoran species. Emphasis was placed on statistical patterns below the family level in the five largest families. Canidae and Felidae had small morphospaces, indicating low functional richness. Their species are highly non-randomly located in morphospace, hence low functional evenness. Clades at the subfamily level showed no patterning. Mustelidae had the greatest functional richness and were non-randomly distributed. There was partial subfamily patterning, with Lutrinae standing out as distinct. Herpestidae and Viverridae had intermediate functional richness and were randomly distributed in morphospace, showing high functional evenness. Subfamilial clades showed distinct patterning, especially in Viverridae, where the four subfamilies occupy distinct parts of morphospace.

© Finnish Zoological and Botanical Publishing Board 2014
Lars Werdelin and Gina D. Wesley-Hunt "Carnivoran Ecomorphology: Patterns below the Family Level," Annales Zoologici Fennici 51(1-2), 259-268, (1 April 2014).
Received: 16 June 2013; Accepted: 21 August 2013; Published: 1 April 2014
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