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1 February 2002 FUNCTIONAL MORPHOLOGY AND GEOGRAPHIC VARIATION IN THE DIGGING APPARATUS OF CURUROS (OCTODONTIDAE: SPALACOPUS CYANUS)
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We studied morphological and functional variations in jaws of coastal and mountain populations of subterranean Spalacopus cyanus inhabiting soils with contrasting hardness. We found almost no morphological differentiation between populations in the variables we measured. However, there were clear differences in incisor resistance between them. Apparently, soil hardness did not represent a selective pressure on cururos' digging apparatus. An Andean origin of this genus could explain our results.

Leonardo D. Bacigalupe, José Iriarte-Díaz, and Francisco Bozinovic "FUNCTIONAL MORPHOLOGY AND GEOGRAPHIC VARIATION IN THE DIGGING APPARATUS OF CURUROS (OCTODONTIDAE: SPALACOPUS CYANUS)," Journal of Mammalogy 83(1), 145-152, (1 February 2002). https://doi.org/10.1644/1545-1542(2002)083<0145:FMAGVI>2.0.CO;2
Accepted: 22 May 2001; Published: 1 February 2002
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