Phenotypic variation and vulnerability to predation in juvenile bluegill sunfish (Lepomis macrochirus)

@article{Chipps2003PhenotypicVA,
  title={Phenotypic variation and vulnerability to predation in juvenile bluegill sunfish (Lepomis macrochirus)},
  author={Steven R. Chipps and Jessica A. Dunbar and David H. Wahl},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2003},
  volume={138},
  pages={32-38}
}
Bluegill sunfish (Lepomis macrochirus) are known to diversify into two forms specialized for foraging on either limnetic or littoral prey. Because juvenile bluegills seek vegetative cover in the presence of largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) predators, natural selection should favor the littoral body design at size ranges most vulnerable to predation. Yet within bluegill populations, both limnetic and littoral forms occur where vegetation and predators are present. While adaptive for… CONTINUE READING
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