Niche specialization influences adaptive phenotypic plasticity in the threespine stickleback.

@article{Svanbck2012NicheSI,
  title={Niche specialization influences adaptive phenotypic plasticity in the threespine stickleback.},
  author={Richard Svanb{\"a}ck and Dolph Schluter},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  year={2012},
  volume={180 1},
  pages={50-9}
}
Phenotypic plasticity may be favored in generalist populations if it increases niche width, even in temporally constant environments. Phenotypic plasticity can increase the frequency of extreme phenotypes in a population and thus allow it to make use of a wide resource spectrum. Here we test the prediction that generalist populations should be more plastic than specialists. In a common-garden experiment, we show that solitary, generalist populations of threespine sticklebacks inhabiting small… CONTINUE READING
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