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How are the life history strategies of Antarctic terrestrial invertebrates influenced by extreme environmental conditions?

Convey, Peter ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8497-9903. 1997 How are the life history strategies of Antarctic terrestrial invertebrates influenced by extreme environmental conditions? Journal of Thermal Biology, 22 (6). 429-440. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0306-4565(97)00062-4

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Abstract/Summary

1. 1. Features of life history strategies of Antarctic terrestrial invertebrates are reviewed and compared with the predictions of two widely-used general life history models. 2. 2. Many features observed are consistent with the predictions of “adversity-” or “stress-selected” life histories, although “ruderal” characteristics are also observed. 3. 3. Many features are plesiotypic for the taxonomic groups concerned, suggesting a lack of evolved adaptations within the Antarctic biota. 4. 4. A large degree of flexibility is found in the life histories; this flexibility itself may allow passage of environmentally-imposed selective filters limiting colonisation and development in isolated and extreme terrestrial habitats. 5. 5. In general, Antarctic terrestrial invertebrates may be regarded as pre-adapted for survival of the various stresses imposed by their extreme environment.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1016/S0306-4565(97)00062-4
Programmes: BAS Programmes > Pre 2000 programme
ISSN: 03064565
Additional Keywords: Antarctica, invertebrate, life history strategy, environmental stress, pre-adaptation, flexibility
Date made live: 12 Sep 2016 10:57 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/514436

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