Sympatric Divergence and Performance Trade-Offs of Bluegill Ecomorphs

  title={Sympatric Divergence and Performance Trade-Offs of Bluegill Ecomorphs},
  author={David J Ellerby and Shannon P. Gerry},
  journal={Evolutionary Biology},
Phenotypic plasticity in response to environmental cues can create distinct morphological types within populations. This variation in form, and potentially function, may be a factor in initiating population divergence and the formation of new species. Here we show the translation of sympatric, habitat-specific morphological divergence into performance differences in energy economy, maneuverability and steady-state locomotion. Littoral and pelagic bluegill sunfish ecomorphs show differences in… CONTINUE READING
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