A General Model for Effects of Temperature on Ectotherm Ontogenetic Growth and Development
The temperature size rule (TSR) is the tendency for ectotherms to develop faster but mature at smaller body sizes at higher temperatures. It can be explained by a simple model in which the rate of growth or biomass accumulation and the rate of development have different temperature dependence. The model accounts for both TSR and the less frequently observed reverse-TSR, predicts the fraction of energy allocated to maintenance and synthesis over the course of development, and also predicts that less total energy is expended when developing at warmer temperatures for TSR and vice versa for reverse-TSR. It has important implications for effects of climate change on ectothermic animals.
W. Zuo et al., "A General Model for Effects of Temperature on Ectotherm Ontogenetic Growth and Development," Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 279, no. 1734, pp. 1840 - 1846, Royal Society, May 2012.
The definitive version is available at https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2011.2000
Keywords and Phrases
Development Rate; Ectotherm Development; Energy Budget; Growth Rate; Temperature Size Rule
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01 May 2012