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Are sexually selected traits affected by a poor environment early in life?

Vega, Regina; Jennions, Michael; Head, Megan

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Background: Challenging conditions experienced early in life, such as a restricted diet, can detrimentally affect key life-history traits. Individuals can reduce these costs by delaying their sexual maturation, albeit at the price of the later onset of breeding, to eventually reach the same adult size as individuals that grow up in a benevolent environment. Delayed maturation can, however, still lead to other detrimental morphological and physiological changes that become apparent later in...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/153019
Source: BMC Evolutionary Biology
DOI: 10.1186/s12862-016-0838-2
Access Rights: Open Access

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