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Evolutionary Ecology
Anne E. Magurran

Presents an account of the evolutionary ecology of the guppy. This book shows how guppies provided some of the first evidence of s... Lire la suite
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Presents an account of the evolutionary ecology of the guppy. This book shows how guppies provided some of the first evidence of sperm competition and sexual selection, and how they inform scientific thought on mating systems and cryptic choice. It is useful to students and researchers in the fields of behavioural ecology and evolutionary biology.

This book is a very good read and an excellent overview for undergraduates and beginning graduate students considering research on this or similar adaptive radiations.

Auteur
Anne Magurran is Professor of Ecology and Evolution at the University of St Andrews, UK.

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Anne Magurran's account of the evolutionary ecology of the guppy integrates historical breakthroughs with new research in this fast-moving field. She reveals how guppies provided some of the first evidence of sperm competition and sexual selection, and how they continue to inform scientific thought on mating systems and cryptic choice. The book also covers the consequences of variation in predation risk, the potential for ecological speciation, and conservation issues, among many other topics. This timely synthesis of research into a species that has raised key questions in evolutionary ecology will be of great interest to graduate level students as well as professional researchers in the fields of behavioural ecology and evolutionary biology.



Résumé
This book celebrates the guppy's unique contribution to evolutionary ecology. Ever since Caryl Haskins described guppy populations as a 'natural experiment' because of the way predation pressure varies over a small geographical area, generations of researchers have been drawn to Trinidad to investigate evolution in the wild. The species continues to provide classic examples of natural selection in action and elegantly illustrates how ecology, evolution, and behaviour are interlinked. Anne Magurran's account of the evolutionary ecology of the guppy integrates historical breakthroughs with new research in this fast-moving field. She reveals how guppies provided some of the first evidence of sperm competition and sexual selection, and how they continue to inform scientific thought on mating systems and cryptic choice. The consequences of variation in predation riskas well as a host of other biotic and abiotic factorsare described and evaluated at all life stages from conception to death. The book discusses behavioural responses to ecological conditions alongside life history patterns. It examines the potential for ecological speciation and discusses new research into how reproductive isolating mechanisms become established in promiscuous mating systems. Conservation issues are also considered, both in terms of protecting the irreplaceable Trinidadian guppy system and in the context of invasion ecology. This timely synthesis of research into a species that has raised key questions in evolutionary ecology will be of great interest to graduate level students as well as professional researchers in the fields of behavioural ecology and evolutionary biology.

Contenu

1. Preview; 2. Ecology of the guppy in Trinidad; 3. Evading predators; 4. Reproduction; 5. Life history; 6. Reproductive isolation; 7. Conservation of diversity; 8. Postscript and prospects; References

Détails sur le produit

Titre: Evolutionary Ecology
Sous-titre: The Trinidadian Guppy
Auteur: Anne E. Magurran
Code EAN: 9780198527862
ISBN: 978-0-19-852786-2
Format: Couverture cartonnée
Editeur: Oxford University Press
Genre: Biologie
nombre de pages: 224
Poids: 453g
Taille: H234mm x B156mm x T13mm
Année: 2005

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