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|Title:||The role of calcium and predation on plate morph evolution in the three-spined stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus).|
Wootton, R. J.
|Publisher:||Wiley Open Access, European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB), Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE)|
|Citation:||Ecology and Evolution, 2014, 4 (18), pp. 3550-3554|
|Abstract:||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.|
|Rights:||Copyright 2014 The Authors. Ecology and Evolution published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Version of record: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ece3.1180/abstract|
|Description:||PMCID: PMC4224530 commentary related to this article, “Inappropriate analysis does not reveal the ecological causes of evolution of stickleback armour: a critique of Spence et al. ”, doi: 10.1002/ece3.1179, can be found at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ece3.1179/abstract, also published in Ecology and Evolution.|
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