Morphological variation in brown frogs from the Caucasus and the taxonomy of the Rana macrocnemis group

Tarkhnishvili, David and Arntzen, J W and Thorpe, Roger S (1999) Morphological variation in brown frogs from the Caucasus and the taxonomy of the Rana macrocnemis group. Herpetologica, 55 (3). pp. 406-417. ISSN 0018-0831

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Abstract

Multivariate analysis of body proportions, skin texture, and coloration characteristics of brown frogs (Rana macrocnemis and R. camerani) from 14 Georgian populations confirms the existence of two, geographically distinct groups of populations. Frogs in the first group (R. macronemis) are characterized by a smooth skin, a pale spotted pattern, absence of a mid-dorsal stripe, and a small inner metatarsal tubercle. Frogs in the second group (known as R. camerani) possess a rugose skin, a conspicuous pattern of dorsal spots, a mid-dorsal stripe with contrasting...

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > Evolution
Q Science > Ecology
Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Institutes > Institute of Ecology
Depositing User: Prof. David Tarkhnishvili
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2014 20:07
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2014 20:07
URI: http://eprints.iliauni.edu.ge/id/eprint/613

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