Evolution of Gigantism in Nine-Spined Sticklebacks

@inproceedings{Herczeg2009EvolutionOG,
  title={Evolution of Gigantism in Nine-Spined Sticklebacks},
  author={G. Herczeg and A. Gonda and J. Meril{\"a}},
  booktitle={Evolution; international journal of organic evolution},
  year={2009}
}
  • G. Herczeg, A. Gonda, J. Merilä
  • Published in
    Evolution; international…
    2009
  • Biology, Medicine
  • The relaxation of predation and interspecific competition are hypothesized to allow evolution toward “optimal” body size in island environments, resulting in the gigantism of small organisms. We tested this hypothesis by studying a small teleost (nine-spined stickleback, Pungitius pungitius) from four marine and five lake (diverse fish community) and nine pond (impoverished fish community) populations. In line with theory, pond fish tended to be larger than their marine or lake conspecifics… CONTINUE READING
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