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Evolutionary trade-offs between reproduction and dispersal in populations at expanding range boundaries

Hughes, C.L., Hill, J.K. and Dytham, C. (2003) Evolutionary trade-offs between reproduction and dispersal in populations at expanding range boundaries. Proceedings of the royal society of london series b-Biological sciences. S147-S150. ISSN 0962-8452

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Abstract

During recent climate warming, some species have expanded their ranges northwards to keep track of climate changes. Evolutionary changes in dispersal have been demonstrated in these expanding populations and here we show that increased dispersal is associated with reduced investment in reproduction in populations of the speckled wood butterfly, Pararge aegeria. Evolutionary changes in flight versus reproduction will affect the pattern and rate of expansion at range boundaries in the future, and understanding these responses will be crucial for predicting the distribution of species in the future as climates continue to warm.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2003 The Royal Society
Keywords: climate change, flight morphology, Pararge aegeria, trade-off, range expansion, PARARGE AEGERIA, CLIMATE-CHANGE, BUTTERFLIES, FLIGHT, MORPHOLOGY, RESPONSES, IMPACTS
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Biology (York)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2014 21:25
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2003.0049
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1291

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