Body size variation in insects: a macroecological perspective.

  title={Body size variation in insects: a macroecological perspective.},
  author={Steven L. Chown and Kevin J. Gaston},
  journal={Biological reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society},
  volume={85 1},
Body size is a key feature of organisms and varies continuously because of the effects of natural selection on the size-dependency of resource acquisition and mortality rates. This review provides a critical and synthetic overview of body size variation in insects from a predominantly macroecological (large-scale temporal and spatial) perspective. Because of the importance of understanding the proximate determinants of adult size, it commences with a brief summary of the physiological… CONTINUE READING
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