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- adj. Of or pertaining to ecomorphology
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Nice to get a definitive answer, and I suppose that the ecomorphological flexibility is every bit as cool as relict cave lions would have been.
Coming next: ecomorphological flexibility in sea kraits.
We suggest that distinct wing and beak morphologies are ecomorphological adaptations resulting from divergent, multifarious selection regimes during migration.
The Neotropical ovenbird-woodcreeper family (Furnariidae) is an avian group characterized by exceptionally diverse ecomorphological adaptations.
Shapes that are wider at the posterior part of the body and have a sharper angle at the anterior part of the body are known to possess an advantageous hydrodynamic profile, which will limit drag and allow better propulsion This was recently experimentally investigated and discussed thoroughly by Langerhans et al. , who also formulated a new ecomorphological paradigm based on a biomechanical model of swimming.
It’s usually implied in the literature that laticaudids are more flexible, in ecomorphological terms, than are hydrophiids in that they are not all marine: as mentioned above, the sometimes melanistic Laticauda crockeri is restriced to the brackish Lake Te-Nggano (also called Lake Tegano) on Rennell Island (one of the Solomons: and if you’re especially interested in Solomon Islands wildlife go here).
Given the really cool work on furnariid ecomorphological diversity, adaptational shifts, phylogeny and nest diversity that’s recently been published (see Fjeldså et al. 2005 and Irestedt et al. 2006), I’d like to say a lot more about them, but that will have to wait, and I have to end this here.