Doklady Biological Sciences

, Volume 488, Issue 1, pp 145–148 | Cite as

Morphological Variability of the Mandible Shape of the Common Vole Microtus arvalis (Rodentia, Arvicolidae) Semi-species from the Hybrid Zone

  • T. A. MironovaEmail author
  • V. B. Sycheva
  • A. A. Martynov
  • A. R. Gromov
  • D. S. Kostin
  • V. A. Komarova
  • D. M. Krivonogov
  • L. A. Lavrenchenko


The mandible shape of the common vole semi-species from the hybrid zone was studied for the first time using the methods of geometric morphometry. The hybrid specimens were found to display high morphological variability being closer to the parental Microtus obscurus than to M. arvalis form. The main trends of changes in the mandible shape were primarily observed in the horizontal plane.



The study was supported by the Russian Foundation of Basic Research, project no. 18–04–00563 A.


Conflict of interests. The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Statement on the welfare of animals. All applicable international, national, and/or institutional guidelines for the care and use of animals were followed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. A. Mironova
    • 1
    Email author
  • V. B. Sycheva
    • 1
  • A. A. Martynov
    • 1
  • A. R. Gromov
    • 1
  • D. S. Kostin
    • 1
  • V. A. Komarova
    • 1
  • D. M. Krivonogov
    • 2
  • L. A. Lavrenchenko
    • 1
  1. 1.Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution of the Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Arzamas Branch, Lobachevsky State Univercity of Nizhny NovgorodArzamasRussia

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