What causes intraspecific variation in resting metabolic rate and what are its ecological consequences?

  title={What causes intraspecific variation in resting metabolic rate and what are its ecological consequences?},
  author={Tim Burton and Shaun S Killen and John D Armstrong and Neil B. Metcalfe},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  volume={278 1724},
Individual differences in the energy cost of self-maintenance (resting metabolic rate, RMR) are substantial and the focus of an emerging research area. These differences may influence fitness because self-maintenance is considered as a life-history component along with growth and reproduction. In this review, we ask why do some individuals have two to three times the 'maintenance costs' of conspecifics, and what are the fitness consequences? Using evidence from a range of species, we… CONTINUE READING
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