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1 September 2006 Egg Morphology Varies Among Populations and Habitats Along a Suture Zone in the Lycaeides idas-melissa Species Complex (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae)
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Insect eggs are often characterized by an intricately sculptured external surface, which has been used to a limited extent as a taxonomic character, but not at all in comparisons among populations within a species or among populations of closely related species. We describe egg morphology by using scanning electron microscopy from 12 populations within a species complex of host-specific butterflies in the family Lycaenidae. Variation is found among populations and habitats. Adaptive hypotheses are discussed, and the observed variation is placed within the biogeographical context of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and adjacent regions.
Matthew L. Forister, James A. Fordyce, Chris C. Nice, Zachariah Gompert and Arthur M. Shapiro "Egg Morphology Varies Among Populations and Habitats Along a Suture Zone in the Lycaeides idas-melissa Species Complex (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae)," Annals of the Entomological Society of America 99(5), (1 September 2006). https://doi.org/10.1603/0013-8746(2006)99[933:EMVAPA]2.0.CO;2
Received: 23 January 2006; Accepted: 1 April 2006; Published: 1 September 2006
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