Body size regulation in copepod crustaceans

  title={Body size regulation in copepod crustaceans},
  author={S. Russo Twombly and Nancy Tisch},
Body size affects survival probabilities, reproductive output and individual fitness in many organisms. In freshwater zooplankton, traits ranging from demographic rates to community composition depend on body size, and predation is most often identified as the selection pressure determining body size. We examined the extent to which stage-specific growth trajectories and body sizes of copepod crustaceans are constrained, independent of selection. We used exuviae shed at each molt to quantify… CONTINUE READING
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