Morphology and ecology of Balkan whip snake, Hierophis gemonensis (Laurenti, 1768)

Lisičar, Petra (2014) Morphology and ecology of Balkan whip snake, Hierophis gemonensis (Laurenti, 1768). Diploma thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Biology.

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Abstract

Balkan Whip snake, Hierophis gemonensis, is monotypic species of colubrid snakes (lat. Colubridae). It can be found in dry stony areas of mediteranian climate ranging from Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania and western and southern Greece, as well as many islands of Adriatic Sea and Ionian Sea and Karpathos of Greece. Our goal is to determine morphometrics and meristics of Balkan Whip snake, as well as its exact distribution in Croatia. Within given must be determinated presence of sexual dimorphism and if there are any significant differences between metric mesaurments of preserved material and live speciments. The study was carried out on 50 speciments preserved in 70% ethanol and 51 living specimens measured during field studies. Speciments were examined for 3 meristic and 14 morphometric characters. Females showed tendency to be smaller and lighter than males. Sexual dimorphism is confirmed in meristics and morphometrics.

Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
Keywords: meristics, morphological differences, sexual dimorphism, distribution
Supervisor: Mustafić, Perica
Co-supervisor: Marčić, Zoran
Date: 2014
Number of Pages: 32
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Silvana Šehić
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2014 13:25
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2014 13:25
URI: http://digre.pmf.unizg.hr/id/eprint/3271

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