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Adaptive variation in offspring size in the terrestrial isopod, Armadillidium vulgare

Oecologia

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DOI: 10.1007/BF00379089

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Abstract

Variation in the birth size of offspring of the terrestrial isopod, Armadillidium vulgare, was observed in laboratory experiments and in field populations. In the laboratory, larger offspring were produced when the mother's food supply was reduced. In field populations, larger offspring were produced during the summer, a period of reduced food availability. Smaller offspring are produced in the spring, when food is readily available. Females may be making larger young to increase survival during the more severe conditions of the summer breeding period.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Adaptive variation in offspring size in the terrestrial isopod, Armadillidium vulgare
Series title:
Oecologia
DOI:
10.1007/BF00379089
Volume
61
Issue:
1
Year Published:
1984
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
National Wetlands Research Center
Description:
p. 55-59
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
55
Last page:
59
Number of Pages:
5