Journal article

The relationship between offspring size and performance in the sea

Dustin J Marshall, Michael J Keough

AMERICAN NATURALIST | UNIV CHICAGO PRESS | Published : 2008

Abstract

The historical focus on offspring size has been to explain variation among populations, but there have been few attempts to determine whether variation is greatest at population scale. Offspring size variation is typically viewed as an adaptive response to changes in the relationship between offspring size and performance, yet direct tests remain elusive. We partitioned natural variation in offspring size for a marine invertebrate, Watersipora subtorquata, at a range of spatial and temporal scales across southeastern Australia, and we estimated the relationship between offspring size and performance at each population and time. There was significant variation in offspring size among populati..

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