Data from: Testing the evolutionary constraints of metamorphosis: the ontogeny of head shape in Triturus newts

Tijana Vučić, Maša Sibinović, Tanja D Vukov, Nataša Tomašević Kolarov, Milena Cvijanović & Ana Ivanovic
In vertebrates with complex, biphasic, life cycles, larvae have a distinct morphology and ecological preferences compared to metamorphosed juveniles and adults. In amphibians, abrupt and rapid metamorphic changes transform aquatic larvae to terrestrial juveniles. The main aim of this study is to test whether, relative to larval stages, metamorphosis 1) resets the pattern of variation between ontogenetic stages and species; 2) constrains intraspecific morphological variability, and 3) similar to the “hour-glass” model, reduces morphological disparity....
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