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Interspecific differences in sexual size dimorphism in geckos extend temperature-induced variation

The April issue of Journal of Evolutionary Biology published a paper by Zuzana Starostová (Department of Zoology), Lukáš Kubička and Lukáš Kratochvíl (both Department of Ecology).

The paper demonstrates correlation between body size and sexual size dimorphism across several species of the gecko genus Paroedura. The same trend was observed also intraspecifically, when the authors manipulated thermal environment of a single species of the genus. Thus, macroevolutionary changes in sexual size dimorphism are an extension of phenotypically plastic responses. Photo of Paroedura picta taken by one of the authors was selected for the Cover Page of the April issue.

Starostová Z, Kubička L and Kratochvíl L (2010). Macroevolutionary pattern of sexual size dimorphism in geckos corresponds to intraspecific temperature-induced variation. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 23(4): 670-677.

Published: Apr 03, 2010 06:00 PM

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