Intrapopulation and interpopulation characteristics of meristic and morphological characters in Vipera ursinii macrops (Mehely, 1911)

Burić, Ivona (2012) Intrapopulation and interpopulation characteristics of meristic and morphological characters in Vipera ursinii macrops (Mehely, 1911). Diploma thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Biology.

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Abstract

Karst viper, Vipera ursinii macrops inhabits high mountain grasslands in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Albania. It is endemic species for Balkan Dinaric mountain range. For this subspecies there are papers for ecology and distribution range. Only paper with meristic and morphological characters is when they separated subspecies. Our goal was collect data for 3 populations from 3 different localities (Velebit, Croatia; Bjelasica, Montenegro; Bistra, Macedonia) in subspecies distribution range because we wanted to see if there are some differences in meristic and morphological characters of the head. Other question was is there intrapopulation and interpopulation variability of characters. I looked and measured 247 individuals for 4 morphological and 17 meristic characters. Results show that there are statistical significant differences in some characters between populations. Most significant differences are snout to vent lenght, head width, head lenght and head height, number of apical, pileus scales and frequency of preocular scales in contact with nasal. Also there is sexual dimorphism between males and females in snout to vent lenght and number of pileus scales.

Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
Keywords: herpetofauna, Karst Viper, Vipera ursinii
Supervisor: Mrakovčić, Milorad
Co-supervisor: Tomović, Ljiljana
Date: 2012
Number of Pages: 51
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Grozdana Sirotic
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2014 13:42
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2014 12:52
URI: http://digre.pmf.unizg.hr/id/eprint/516

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