Adapting to the unpredictable: reproductive biology of vertebrates in the Australian wet–dry tropics

@article{Shine2007AdaptingTT,
  title={Adapting to the unpredictable: reproductive biology of vertebrates in the Australian wet–dry tropics},
  author={Richard Shine and Gregory P. Brown},
  journal={Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences},
  year={2007},
  volume={363},
  pages={363 - 373}
}
In the wet–dry tropics of northern Australia, temperatures are high and stable year-round but monsoonal rainfall is highly seasonal and variable both annually and spatially. Many features of reproduction in vertebrates of this region may be adaptations to dealing with this unpredictable variation in precipitation, notably by (i) using direct proximate (rainfall-affected) cues to synchronize the timing and extent of breeding with rainfall events, (ii) placing the eggs or offspring in conditions… CONTINUE READING

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