Costs of parental care in the gastropod Conus pennaceus: Age-specific changes and physical constraints

@article{Perron1982CostsOP,
  title={Costs of parental care in the gastropod Conus pennaceus: Age-specific changes and physical constraints},
  author={Frank E. Perron and Gladys C. Corpuz},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={1982},
  volume={55},
  pages={319-324}
}
Age-specific changes in the allocation of reproductive energy to protective capsules, ova and intracapsular fluid are documented for the marine gastropod Conus pennaceus. As female snails grow in shell length they produce larger capsules with thicker and stronger walls. Because large capsules contain lower densities of ova than do small ones, growing females must increase the number, as well as the size, of egg capsules they produce. As a result of this pattern of ova packaging, per ovum costs… CONTINUE READING

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