The temperature-size rule in ectotherms: may a general explanation exist after all?

@article{Walters2006TheTR,
  title={The temperature-size rule in ectotherms: may a general explanation exist after all?},
  author={Richard J. Walters and Mark Hassall},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  year={2006},
  volume={167 4},
  pages={
          510-23
        }
}
The majority of ectotherms mature at a larger size at lower rearing temperatures. Although this temperature-size rule is well established, a general explanation for this phenomenon has remained elusive. In this article, we address the problem by exploring the proximate and ultimate reasons for why a temperate grasshopper, Chorthippus brunneus, is an exception to the temperature-size rule. Using a complete set of life-history data to parameterize an established life-history model, we show that… CONTINUE READING
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