By Anne E. Magurran
This ebook celebrates the guppy's specified contribution to evolutionary ecology. Ever on account that Caryl Haskins defined guppy populations as a 'natural test' as a result of the method predation strain varies over a small geographical zone, generations of researchers were attracted to Trinidad to enquire evolution within the wild. The species maintains to supply vintage examples of usual choice in motion and skillfully illustrates how ecology, evolution, and behavior are interlinked.
Anne Magurran's account of the evolutionary ecology of the guppy integrates ancient breakthroughs with new study during this fast-moving box. She unearths how guppies supplied many of the first facts of sperm pageant and sexual choice, and the way they proceed to notify clinical concept on mating platforms and cryptic selection. the implications of version in predation risk--as good as a number of alternative biotic and abiotic factors--are defined and evaluated in any respect lifestyles phases from perception to loss of life. The booklet discusses behavioural responses to ecological stipulations along existence historical past styles. It examines the possibility of ecological speciation and discusses new examine into how reproductive setting apart mechanisms turn into proven in promiscuous mating structures. Conservation concerns also are thought of, either when it comes to conserving the irreplaceable Trinidadian guppy process and within the context of invasion ecology.
This well timed synthesis of analysis right into a species that has raised key questions in evolutionary ecology should be of significant curiosity to graduate point scholars in addition to expert researchers within the fields of behavioural ecology and evolutionary biology.
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