Functional Implications of Fluctuating Asymmetry Amongendemic Populations of Gasterosteus Aculeatus

  title={Functional Implications of Fluctuating Asymmetry Amongendemic Populations of Gasterosteus Aculeatus},
  author={Thomas Edward Reimchen},
Fluctuating asymmetry (FA) has been used as a measure of developmental stability across many taxa, with asymmetric individuals presumed to have reduced Ž tness. FA has also been suggested for use in conservation biology as a measure of the health of populations. Here we assess the suitability of these uses of FA by using a novel measure of asymmetry in the bony lateral plates of threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) from 60 insular and endemic freshwater populations from the Queen… CONTINUE READING
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