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J. L. Boone, Ph.D., Ecology


Boone, J. L. 1986. Morphological differences between populations of deer mice (Peromyscus maniculatus rubidus) in sand dune and upland habitats. B.S. Thesis, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California.

Variation in external morphology and relative foot lengths were compared between populations of Deer Mice (Peromyscus maniculatus rubidus) from sand dune and upland habitats. There was no difference in relative foot lengths (p > 0.85). The data (n = 59) suggested that there may be differences in foot-length to tail-length ratios and reproductive timing. Principal Component Analysis and Discriminant Analysis showed that the population centroids occupy different positions in morphological space (six characters, p less than 0.001). The nature of these differences remains obscure, and more research needs to be done to determine whether these statistical differences represent biological differences.

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