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Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology

Bridgewater State University

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Investigating Fluctuating Asymmetry Of The Larval Damselfly, Calopteryx Maculata (Odonata: Calopterigidae), Edward Kelliher Jan 2004

Investigating Fluctuating Asymmetry Of The Larval Damselfly, Calopteryx Maculata (Odonata: Calopterigidae), Edward Kelliher

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Fluctuating asymmetry (FA), or subtle random deviations from perfect bilateral symmetry, has recently become a useful tool in allowing researchers to understand more about an organism's health, fitness, developmental stability and environmental stressors. Ultimately, FA studies can be used as an indirect measurement of the quality of an aquatic system over time. We measured and examined the femur segments of the larval damselfly, Calopteryx maculata from sites on the Town, Hockomock, and Salisbury Plain Rivers, of Plymouth County, Massachusetts to determine FA levels. After accounting for measurement error, preliminary results show that variations in symmetry are not correlated to ...