Age and size at maturity: sex, environmental variability and developmental thresholds.

@article{Plaistow2004AgeAS,
  title={Age and size at maturity: sex, environmental variability and developmental thresholds.},
  author={Stewart J Plaistow and Craig T Lapsley and Andrew P Beckerman and Tim G Benton},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2004},
  volume={271 1542},
  pages={919-24}
}
In most organisms, transitions between different life-history stages occur later and at smaller sizes as growth conditions deteriorate. Day and Rowe recently proposed that this pattern could be explained by the existence of developmental thresholds (minimum sizes or levels of condition below which transitions are unable to proceed). The developmental-threshold model predicts that the reaction norm of age and size at maturity will rotate in an anticlockwise manner from positive to a shallow… CONTINUE READING

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