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Title
Is phylogeny driving tendon length in lizards?
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Abstract
Tulli, M.J., Herrel, A., Vanhooydonck, B. and Abdala, V. 2012. Is phylogeny driving tendon length in lizards?Acta Zoologica (Stockholm) 93: 319329. Tendons transmit tensile forces generated by muscles and are a crucial part of the musculoskeletal system in vertebrates. Because tendons and tendon cells respond to altered mechanical load by increasing collagen synthesis, we hypothesized that a correlation between tendon morphology and the loading regime imposed by locomotor style or habitat use exists. This makes tendons an interesting model for studying the relationship between morphology and environment. In this study, we compare the general morphology of the palmar flexor plate, the length of the digital tendons, and the length of the flexor carpi ulnaris tendon in species of lizards that exploit a variety of structural habitats. The results from statistical analyses show that phylogenetic relatedness has a major impact on our ability to detect differences between habitat groups, and no differences in tendon length could be detected between iguanian species occupying different habitats when taking into account the relatedness between species. Our data for lizards diverge from the general mammalian paradigm where variation in tendon is often associated with habitat use or locomotor style.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Acta zoologica. - Copenhagen
Publication
Copenhagen : 2012
ISSN
0001-7272
Volume/pages
93:3(2012), p. 319-329
ISI
000305279800005
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Creation 12.07.2012
Last edited 02.06.2017
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