Acta Entomologica Serbica http://aes.bio.bg.ac.rs/index.php/aes Acta entomologica Serbica is a peer-reviewed scientific journal covering entomology published by the Entomological Society of Serbia. It publishes mainly original research papers. en-US <p><strong>Copyright:</strong>&nbsp;© 2019 The ENTOMOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF SERBIA Staff. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the&nbsp;<a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/">Creative Commons Attribution License</a>, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.</p> ljilja.protic@gmail.com (Ljiljana Protić) Tue, 03 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +0200 OJS 3.1.1.0 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss 60 MERODON NATANS AND M. PULVERIS (DIPTERA: SYRPHIDAE): DELIMITATING CRYPTIC HOVERFLY SPECIES USING THE GEOMETRIC MORPHOMETRIC METHOD http://aes.bio.bg.ac.rs/index.php/aes/article/view/257 <p>A landmark-based geometric morphometric method was employed to delimitate two morphologically closely-related species of the hoverfly <em>Merodon natans</em> species group based on wing parameters. The studied species, <em>Merodon natans</em> and <em>M. pulveris</em>, were successfully determined using this method. Analyses revealed a significant difference in wing size and shape between individuals of the two species, thereby proving that these are two distinct species, even though, morphologically very similar. Discriminant and cluster analyses also uncovered a subtle difference in wing shape between <em>M. pulveris</em> populations, indicating intraspecific differentiation with potential conservation implications. The results of the morphological study were supplemented with known distribution data of the investigated species.</p> Maja Arok, Jelena Ačanski, Tamara Tot, Snežana Radenković, Ante Vujić ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0 http://aes.bio.bg.ac.rs/index.php/aes/article/view/257 Tue, 03 Sep 2019 13:28:45 +0200