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Clinal variation in morphology and assortative mating in the soldier beetle chauliognathus pennsylvanicus coleoptera cantharidae



Clinal variation in morphology and assortative mating in the soldier beetle chauliognathus pennsylvanicus coleoptera cantharidae



Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 25(2): 105-118



In north Georgia [USA] populations of the soldier beetle, C. pennsylvanicus, the length of the elytral spot varies clinally. At the southern end of a 200 km cline the distribution of spot length is unimodal with longer spot lengths predominating while at the northern end of the cline the distribution is bimodal but with shorter spot lengths being more frequent. North of the cline only short elytral spot lengths are observed, while the converse is true south of the cline. The strength of assortative mating on the basis of elytral spot length increases from south to north along the cline, resulting in complete pre-mating isolation between short and long spot length morphs at the north end of the cline. Laboratory mate choice tests indicate that assortative mating in the field is not the result of differential timing of activity or microhabitat choice but rather that it represents a real behavioral preference. Individuals from monomorphic populations on either side of the cline do not mate assortatively in the laboratory, indicating that reproductive isolation has evolved on the cline.

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DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.1985.tb00388.x



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