Geometric morphometrics in entomology: Basics and applications

Haruki Tatsuta, Kazuo H. Takahashi, Yositaka Sakamaki

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The recent expansion of a variety of morphometric tools has brought about a revolution in the comparison of morphology in the context of the size and shape in various fields including entomology. First, an overview of the theoretical issues of geometric morphometrics is presented with a caution about the usage of traditional morphometric measurements. Second, focus is then placed on two broad approaches as tools for geometric morphometrics; that is, the landmark-based and the outline-based approaches. A brief outline of the two methodologies is provided with some important cautions. The increasing trend of entomological studies in using the procedures of geometric morphometrics is then summarized. Finally, information is provided on useful toolkits such as computer software as well as codes and packages of the R statistical software that could be used in geometric morphometrics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)164-184
Number of pages21
JournalEntomological Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018


  • Procrustes analysis
  • elliptical Fourier analysis
  • thin-plate spline

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Insect Science


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