Journal article

Effect of habitat permanence on life-history: extending the Daphnia model into new climate spaces

Sally Drapes, Matthew D Hall, Ben L Phillips



We use an Australian freshwater invertebrate species, Daphnia carinata, to assess whether variation in habitat permanence influences life-history traits in subpopulations. Using a life table experiment, we measure the life-history traits of populations from both permanent and temporary pools. We show that these habitat classes are associated with clear differences in important life-history traits and evidence of trade-offs in important traits influencing reproduction, diapause, and growth rate and suggest this is evidence for local adaptation. Here we use Daphnia from Australian populations spanning semi-arid and temperate climates generating results that are in broad agreement with similar ..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

We thank Phil Erm for assistance with Daphnia culturing. Financial support was provided by the Australian Research Council (DP160101730). The authors declare no conflicts of interest. The datasets analysed in this study are available in the figshare repository at would also like to thank two anonymous reviewers for their valuable feedback on early drafts.