Morphometric Variability among Populations of Euglossa cordata (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Euglossini) from Different Phytophysiognomies


  • Lazaro Carneiro Laboratório de Ciências Ambientais-LCA, Centro de Biociências e Biotecnologia, Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense
  • Cândida Maria Lima Aguiar Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana
  • Willian Moura Aguiar Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana
  • Elon Souza Aniceto
  • Lorena Andrade Nunes Faculdade de Tecnologia e Ciências da Bahia
  • Vinina Silva Ferreira Universidade Federal do Vale do São Francisco



Solitary bee, orchid bee, morphological variation, wing shape, wing size.


Geometric morphometrics is a tool capable of measuring the response of organisms to different environmental pressures. We tested the hypothesis that E. cordata wing morphometry, as an indicator of response to environmental pressure, it would vary depending on habitat changes, in the Atlantic Forest, Savanna and dry forest (Caatinga). For analysis of wing shape and size, 18 landmarks were digitized at the intersections of the wing veins 348 individuals. Except for the two populations sampled in Chapada Diamantina, the wing shape had significant statistical variations among the populations (p < 0.05). The wing size variation was also statistically significant among populations (p < 0.05).  Although E. cordata is a species tolerant to different environments, the observed morphometric variability may be related to population adaptations to the conditions of each phytophysiognomy.


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Elon Souza Aniceto

Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense


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How to Cite

Carneiro, L., Aguiar, C. M. L., Aguiar, W. M., Aniceto, E. S., Nunes, L. A., & Ferreira, V. S. (2019). Morphometric Variability among Populations of Euglossa cordata (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Euglossini) from Different Phytophysiognomies. Sociobiology, 66(4), 575–581.



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