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The role of calcium and predation on plate morph evolution in the three-spined stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus)

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Carl Smith, Rowena Grace Alison Spence, Iain Barber, Miroslaw Przybylski, Robert Wootton

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While the genetic basis to plate morph evolution of the three-spined stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) is well described, the environmental variables that select for different plate and spine morphs are incompletely understood. Using replicate populations of three-spined sticklebacks on North Uist, Scotland, we previously investigated the role of predation pressure and calcium limitation on the adaptive evolution of stickleback morphology and behavior. While dissolved calcium proved a significant predictor of plate and spine morph, predator abundance did not. Ecol. Evol., xxx, 2014 and xxx performed a comparable analysis to our own to address the same question. They failed to detect a significant effect of dissolved calcium on morphological evolution, but did establish a significant effect of predation; albeit in the opposite direction to their prediction.
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3550-3554
JournalEcology and Evolution
Volume4
Issue number18
Early online date1 Sep 2014
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Publication statusPublished - Sep 2014

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  • Adaptation, Calcium concentration, Gasterosteus aculeatus, Natural selection, Phenotypic adaptation, Selective predation

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