Developmental stability and its applications in ecotoxicology

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Developmental stability refers to the ability of a developing organism to produce a consistent phenotype in a given environment. It provides a simple, reliable method of detecting stressed populations and monitoring their recovery. The most common measure of developmental instability, fluctuating asymmetry, assesses minor deviations from perfect bilateral symmetry in traits that are normally symmetrical. Measures of developmental instability are based upon the concept of developmental invariance. The biotest approach consists of the simultaneous analysis of developmental instability (and related physiological instability) in a variety of species.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Developmental stability and its applications in ecotoxicology
Series title Ecotoxicology
DOI 10.1007/BF00116422
Volume 2
Issue 3
Year Published 1993
Language English
Publisher Chapman & Hall
Contributing office(s) Western Fisheries Research Center
Description 10 p.
First page 175
Last page 184
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