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Morphological Characterization of Badis Species (Teleostei: Badidae) from Nepal

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dc.contributor.author Blair, William K.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-05-15T20:40:59Z
dc.date.available 2018-05-15T20:40:59Z
dc.date.created May 2018 en_US
dc.date.issued 2018-05-15
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/3598
dc.description.abstract I characterized morphological variation among 172 Badis sp. specimens (Teleostei: Badidae), collected from across Nepal and previously identified at Badis badis, to investigate whether any represented an undescribed species. Size-corrected principal component analysis (PCA), cluster analysis (CA), and discriminant analysis (DA) revealed four significantly different groups. The first group was characterized by shallower body depth, shorter pelvic to anal distance, and lack of a cleithral blotch. It was identified as Badis andrewraoi, previously unknown from Nepal, yet represented in my sample by 19 specimens from small rivers in the southeastern part of the country. Distribution of the remaining groups did not correspond to a zoogeographic hypothesis relating to major river drainages. Instead, morphological differences among these groups was better explained by allometric shifts. I provide information on the distribution and ecology of B. andrewraoi and B. badis in Nepal. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Allometry, morphology, Asia, fish, Badis badis, Badis andrewraoi, Taxonomy, Anabantiformes en_US
dc.title Morphological Characterization of Badis Species (Teleostei: Badidae) from Nepal en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.college las en_US
dc.academic.area Ecology and Biodiversity en_US
dc.advisor Dr. David Edds en_US
dc.department biological sciences en_US

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