Iranian Journal of Animal Biosystematics, ( ISI ), Volume (7), No (2), Year (2011-6) , Pages (143-155)

Title : ( Application of outline analysis on fossil and modern specimens of Apodemus )

Authors: Mohammad Farzam , Jamshid Darvish , D. J. Vigne ,

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Wood mice of the genus Apodemus are widespread in temperate areas of the Palaearctic region. Four species A. hyrcanicus, A. flavicollis, A.witherbyi, A. avicennicus and A. uralensis were reported for Iran. The shape variation among three species of the genus Apodemus (A. witherbyi, A. hyrcanicus, A. uralensis) and a subfossil specimens from Kordestan (Kani Mikaiil cave) were investigated using outline-based geometric morphometrics of the second lower molar. In a second step, morphological differences among four populations of Iranian wood mice belonging to A. witherbyi were studied by the same method. The results indicated that subfossil specimens from Kani Mikaiil belong to A. witherbyi. The discriminant analysis also shows that A. witherbyi of East Azerbaijan was separated from populations of Tehran, Khorasan and Gorgan, based on variations in the shapes of the second lower molar. Moreover, results of clustering analysis show that those fossil specimens which belong to A. witherbyi are ancestral and close to the population of East Azerbaijan.


, Apodemus, East Azerbaijan, Fossil, Geometric morphometrics, Iran
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author = {Farzam, Mohammad and Darvish, Jamshid and D. J. Vigne},
title = {Application of outline analysis on fossil and modern specimens of Apodemus},
journal = {Iranian Journal of Animal Biosystematics},
year = {2011},
volume = {7},
number = {2},
month = {June},
issn = {1735-434X},
pages = {143--155},
numpages = {12},
keywords = {Apodemus; East Azerbaijan; Fossil; Geometric morphometrics; Iran},


%0 Journal Article
%T Application of outline analysis on fossil and modern specimens of Apodemus
%A Farzam, Mohammad
%A Darvish, Jamshid
%A D. J. Vigne
%J Iranian Journal of Animal Biosystematics
%@ 1735-434X
%D 2011