Fast and furious: effects of body size on strike performance in an arboreal viper Trimeresurus (Cryptelytrops) albolabris.

@article{Herrel2011FastAF,
  title={Fast and furious: effects of body size on strike performance in an arboreal viper Trimeresurus (Cryptelytrops) albolabris.},
  author={Anthony Herrel and Katleen Huyghe and Patricija Okovi{\'c} and Duje Lisi{\vc}i{\'c} and Zoran Tadi{\vc}},
  journal={Journal of experimental zoology. Part A, Ecological genetics and physiology},
  year={2011},
  volume={315 1},
  pages={22-9}
}
Body size has a pervasive effect on animal functioning and life history with size dependent changes in performance and physiology throughout ontogeny being common in many ectothermic vertebrates. However, as selection on juvenile life history stages is strong, juveniles often offset the disadvantages of small body size by disproportionate levels of performance. Here, we investigate size-related changes in defensive strike performance in an arboreal pit viper, Trimerusurus (Cryptelytrops… CONTINUE READING

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