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Volume 19(6), November 2018

Comparing the temperature dependence of mitochondrial respiration among vertebrates.
David M. Anderson & James F. Gillooly — 2018(6) (
Keywords: metabolic rate, metabolic theory, respiration

Seasonal variation in thermal plasticity of an alpine lake Daphnia population.
Hamanda B. Cavalheri, Natalie T. Jones, Didra Felix, Jennifer Leong & Jonathan B. Shurin — 2018(6) (
Keywords: acclimation, alpine lakes, critical thermal maximum, plasticity, temperature variation, thermal stratification

Sex-specific growth, shape, and their impacts on the life history of a long-lived vertebrate.
Luke A. Hoekstra, Rachel C. Weber, Anne M. Bronikowski & Fredric J. Janzen — 2018(6) (
Keywords: growth, life history, reproduction, reptile, sexual dimorphism

Evolution of reproductive phenology in annual social insects competing for floral resources.
Magnus Lindh, Jörgen Ripa & Jacob Jonansson — 2018(6) (
Keywords: adaptive dynamics, annual social insect, bumblebee, climate change, phenological mismatch, reproductive phenology, resource competition

Post-copulatory male mate-guarding in a solitary parasitoid wasp impedes re-mating in the female.
Deng Pan, Hui Pan, Min Zhang, Xiao-Li Ji, Jing Li, Cheng-Jie Zhu & Hao-Yuan Hu — 2018(6) (
Keywords: mate-guarding, mate system, sex ratio, sperm competition

The benefit of algae endosymbionts in Paramecium bursaria is temperature dependent.
Miranda E. Salsbery & John P. DeLong — 2018(6) (
Keywords: endosymbionts, mutualism, Paramecium bursaria, temperature, thermal performance curve, zoochlorellae

Volume 19(5), September 2018

Festschrift in Honour of Theo Bakker
edited by
Timo Thünken, Ingolf P. Rick & Joachim G. Frommen

Contributions in honour of Professor Theo C. M. Bakker — Testing, not guessing
Timo Thünken, Ingolf P. Rick & Joachim G. Frommen — 2018(5) (

Alien Attack: Trophic interactions of flowerhorn cichlids with endemics of ancient Lake Matano (Sulawesi, Indonesia).
Leon Hilgers, Fabian Herder, Renny K. Hadiaty & Jobst Pfaender — 2018(5) (
Keywords: competition, flowerhorn cichlid, invasion, ontogenetic niche shift, predation, Telmatherina

Habitat preferences depend on substrate quality in a cooperative breeder.
Dario Josi, Michael Taborsky & Joachim G. Frommen — 2018(5) (
Keywords: cichlid, Neolamprologus pulcher, pay-to-stay, protection, shelter digging, territoriality

Cerebral lateralization and quantity discrimination abilities in the threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus).
Marion Mehlis-Rick, Timo Thünken, Markus Krings, Simon Käfer & Ingolf P. Rick — 2018(5) (
Keywords: cerebral lateralization, cognitive abilities, Gasterosteus aculeatus, numerical contrasts, quantity discrimination, shoaling behaviour, threespine stickleback

The location of damage-released alarm cues in a cichlid fish.
Denis Meuthen, Patrick Flege, Ronja Brandt & Timo Thünken — 2018(5) (
Keywords: alarm cues, club cells, Pelvicachromis taeniatus, predation risk, predator, skin extract

Mother's baby, father's maybe: Occurrence and frequency of multiple paternities in the European wild boar.
Björn Müller, Oliver Keuling, Christian Glensk & Jörg Brün — 2018(5) (
Keywords: alternative reproductive tactics, European wild boar, microsatellites, multiple paternity, sexual conflict, Sus scrofa

Group behavior of a nocturnal weakly electric mormyrid fish: Investigations using an electro-communicating dummy fish.
Sarah S. Pannhausen, Martin Worm, Frank Kirschbaum & Gerhard von der Emde — 2018(5) (
Keywords: electro-communication, group behaviour, robotic fish, weakly electric fish

How to get out of a maze? Stingrays (Potamotrygon motoro) use directional information over landmark information when provided with both in a spatial task.
Vera Schluessel & Christian Ober — 2018(5) ( )
Keywords: behaviour, cognition, egocentric, elasmobranchs, spatial orientation, stingrays

Individual phenotypic plasticity explains seasonal variation in sperm morphology in a passerine bird.
Tim Schmoll, Oddmund Kleven & Maria Rusche — 2018(5) (
Keywords: great tit, individual phenotypic plasticity, Parus major, population divergence, repeatability, seasonality, sperm competition, sperm morphology

Individual behavioural responses of an intermediate host to a manipulative acanthocephalan parasite and effects of intra-specific parasitic competition.
Timo Thünken, Simon Vitt, Sebastian A. Baldauf, Tina Jung & Joachim G. Frommen — 2018(5) (
Keywords: behavioural manipulation, Gammarus pulex, individual variation, Polymorphus minutus, repeatability, host–parasite co-evolution

Volume 19(4), July 2018

Front loading life-histories: the enduring influence of juvenile growth on age, size, and reproduction of primiparous female freshwater turtles.
Justin D. Congdon, Roy D. Nagle & Owen M. Kinney — 2018(4) (
Keywords: age and size at maturity, freshwater turtles, juvenile growth rates, reproductive traits of primiparous females.

Differences and similarities of sex ratios between dioecious angiosperms and dioicous bryophytes.
Tom J. de Jong, Heinjo J. During & Avi Shmida — 2018(4) (
Keywords: cytoplasmic DNA, dioecy, gene drive, genomic conflict, sex allocation theory.

Testing for a whole-organism trade-off between natural and sexual selection; are the male guppies preferred by females more likely to be eaten by predators?
José Jonathas P. R. de Lira, Felipe Peréz-Jvostov, Kiyoko M. Gotanda, Sian Kou-Giesbrecht, Sarah K Pease, Marlee Jackson, Shaffiq Jersch & Andrew P. Hendry — 2018(4) (
Keywords: mate choice, performance, Poecilia reticulata, predation.

Predator loss leads to reduced antipredator behaviours in Bahamas mosquitofish.
Alison E. Fowler, Doua J. Lor, Christine E. Farrell, McKenzie A. Bauman, M. Nils Peterson & R. Brian Langerhans — 2018(4) (
Keywords: ecological opportunity, environmental change, innate behaviour, predator avoidance, predator release, relaxed selection.

Communities and diversities of Bacteria and Archaea in Arctic seawater.
Jia-Pei Liu, Ying-Ping Fan, Xue-Zhu Liu & Jian-Xin Wang — 2018(4) (
Keywords: Archaea, Arctic Sea, bacteria, biotic community, function, Svalbard Archipelago.

A spatial game between a predator and social prey in multiple patches.
William A. Mitchell — 2018(4) (
Keywords: predator–prey behavioural games at two spatial scales, predation risk, foraging opportunity, optimal foraging of both species, predicted influences of food abundance.

Evolutionary ecology of plant resistance traits across the herbivore diet spectrum: A test in the model plant, Mimulus guttatus.
Michael C. Rotter, John J. Couture, Elizabeth M. Rothwell, Jocelyn Garcia & Liza M. Holeski — 2018(4) (
Keywords: diet breadth, herbivores, Mimulus guttatus, phenylpropanoid glycosides, phytochemical coevolution theory, plant resistance traits.

Influence of prey food abundance on predator-prey foraging games: a test with little egrets and goldfish.
Sundararaj Vijayan, William A Mitchell, Michael L Rosenzweig, Burt P Kotler, Jesse Balaban-Feld, Lotan Tamar Tovelem & Zvika Abramsky — 2018(4) (
Keywords: food abundance, goldfish, intraspecific competition, little egret, optimal foraging, predator–prey behavioural games.

Volume 19(3), May 2018

Does thermal physiology explain the ecological and evolutionary success of invasive species? Lessons from ladybird beetles.
Francisca Boher, Fabián M. Jaksic, Sebastián, I. Martel, María J. Orellana & Francisco Bozinovic — 2018(3) (
Keywords: Coccinellidae, ecological and evolutionary physiology, global climate change, invasive species, thermal tolerance.

On the rediscovery of Volvox perglobator (Volvocales, Chlorophyceae) and the evolution of outcrossing from self-fertilization.
Erik R. Hanschen, Dinah R. Davison, Patrick J. Ferris & Richard E. Michod — 2018(3) (
Keywords: homothallism, phylogenetics, reversion, self-fertilization, sexual reproduction, volvocine green algae.

The role of climate in the dynamics of annual plants in a Chihuahuan Desert ecosystem.
Danielle D. Ignace, Nancy Huntly & Peter Chesson — 2018(3) (
Keywords: Chihuahuan Desert, climate change, Erodium cicutarium, global warming, non-native invasives, seasonal precipitation, species diversity.

The evolutionary response of virulence to host heterogeneity: a general model with application to myxomatosis in rabbits co-infected with intestinal helminths.
Morgan P. Kain, Isabella M. Cattadori & Benjamin M. Bolker — 2018(3) (
Keywords: evolutionarily stable strategy, MYXV, trade-off, vector-borne.

The role of mortality risk in parental behaviour.
Rebecca K. Pike, John M. McNamara & Alasdair I. Houston — 2018(3) (
Keywords: growth rate, mortality risk, optimality model, parental care.

The influence of manipulated risk of predation on a predator-prey foraging game in a patchy environment: A. Egret and goldfish in experimental aviaries.
Sundararaj Vijayan, William A Mitchell, Burt P Kotler, Michael L Rosenzweig, Jesse Balaban-Feld, Lotan Tamar Tov-Elem & Zvika Abramsky — 2018(3) (
Keywords: cover, differential risk, killing efficiency, optimal foraging, predator–prey behavioural games, refuge from predation, risk of predation.

A predator-prey foraging game in experimental aviaries: the effects of number of goldfish and refuge size.
Sundararaj Vijayan, William A Mitchell, Burt P Kotler, Michael L Rosenzweig, Jesse Balaban-Feld, Lotan Tamar Tovelem & Zvika Abramsky — 2018(3) (
Keywords: cover, differential risk, killing efficiency, optimal foraging, predator–prey behavioural games, refuge from predation, risk of predation.

Volume 19(2), March 2018

Changes in host discrimination behaviour of Callosobruchus maculatus: shifting from habitual to ancestral hosts.
Soumaya Haouel Hamdi, Olfa Bachrouch, Mariam Hedjal Chebheb, Meriem Labidi, Ali Ouji, Emna Boushih & Jouda Mediouni-Ben Jemâa — 2018(2) (
Keywords: behaviour, Callosobruchus maculatus, host discrimination, host shift.

How will climate change affect the temporal and spatial distributions of a reservoir host, the Indian gerbil (Tatera indica), and the spread of zoonotic diseases that it carries?
Kordiyeh Hamidi, Saeed Mohammadi, Naeimeh Eskandarzadeh — 2018(2) (
Keywords: climate change, ectoparasites, Indian gerbil, leishmaniasis, species distribution projections.

Phenotypic plasticity during external embryonic development is affected more by maternal effects than multiple abiotic factors in brook trout.
Heather D. Penney, J. Beirão & C.F. Purchase — 2018(2) (
Keywords: hatch size, hatch time, maternal effects, pH, Salvelinus fontinalis, temperature.

Modeling the evolution of periodicity in the periodical cicadas.
Jaakko Toivonen & Lutz Fromhage — 2018(2) (
Keywords: Allee effect, individual-based simulation, numerical analysis, periodical cicadas, semelparity, structured population model.

One for all: can individual plant species indicate the overall number of plant species?
Polina A. Volkova, Maria O. Ivanova, Liudmila A. Abramova — 2018(2) (
Keywords: anthropogenic disturbance, diversity of forest species, Eastern Europe, indicators, number of plant species, Russia.

Eco-evolutionary feedbacks in the functional role of a polymorphic colonizer: Arctic charr in subarctic lakes of Alaska and Iceland.
Pamela J. Woods, Skúli Skúlason, Sigurður S. Snorrason & Thomas P. Quinn — 2018(2) (
Keywords: Arctic charr, eco-evolutionary feedback, food web, resource polymorphism, subarctic lake.

Dental ecometrics of tropical Africa: linking vegetation types and communities of large plant-eating mammals.
Indrë Žliobaitë, Hui Tang, Juha Saarinen, Mikael Fortelius, Janne Rinne & Janina Rannikko — 2018(2) (
Keywords: ecometrics, grasslands, mammalian teeth, pastoralism, Sahel, vegetation types.

Volume 19(1), January 2018

Rugged fitness landscapes and by-product adaptation in experimental populations of Drosophila melanogaster interactions.
Devin Arbuthnott, Brian S. Mautz & Howard D. Rundle — 2018(1) (
Keywords: adaptation, ecological divergence, ethanol, mate competition.

Foraging efficiency in the face of predation risk: a comparative study of desert rodents.
Sara E. Emerson, Burt P. Kotler & Franklin Sargunaraj — 2018(1) (
Keywords: foraging efficiency, gerbil, giving-up density, heteromyid.

A stochastic density-dependent model of long-term population dynamics in hunter-gatherer populations.
Marcus J. Hamilton & Robert S. Walker — 2018(1) (
     (see Comment)
Keywords: fission-fusion, forager societies, metapopulation, population growth, stochastic processes.

Weak but parallel divergence between kōaro (Galaxias brevipinnis) from adjacent lake and stream habitats.
Travis Ingram & Stephanie M. Bennington — 2018(1) (
Keywords: diadromy, Galaxias brevipinnis, parapatric speciation, phenotypic change vector analysis, phenotypic plasticity.

Comment: Population homeostasis might be an evolved adaptation.
Joshua Mitteldorf — 2018(1) (
     (see Hamilton & Walker)

Site-specific plasticity and demography determine litter-size in a population of white-footed mice.
Douglas W. Morris — 2018(1) (
Keywords: fitness-mapping equation, habitat, litter size, Peromyscus, phenotypic plasticity, predation, reaction norm.

The coevolution of herbivore impact: field estimates of impact in older and newer gallmaker-Solidago interactions.
Zoryana Shibel, Stephen D. Hendrix & Stephen B. Heard — 2018(1) (
Keywords: co-evolution, gallmakers, herbivore impact, plant–insect interactions, Solidago.

Seed demographic comparisons reveal spatial and temporal niche differentiation between native and invasive species in a community of desert winter annual plants.
Yue M. Li & Peter Chesson — 2018(1) (
Keywords: Brassica tournefortii, desert winter annual plants, invasive species, niche differentiation, species co-existence, storage effect.

Volume 18(6), November 2017

Physiological constraints on long-term population cycles: a broad-scale view.
David M. Anderson & James F. Gillooly — 2017(6) (
Keywords: macroecology, metabolic theory, population dynamics, climate change, global warming, scaling.

Advantages of sexual reproduction resulting from sibling diversity: effects of selection intensity, environmental variance, and reduced genetic diversity.
Makoto Douge & Yoh Iwasa — 2017(6) (
Keywords: evolution of sex, sib-competition, milder selection, environmental variance, reduced genetic diversity.

Effects of morphology, substrate use, and potential trade-offs on locomotor performance during multiple modes of snake locomotion.
Gary W. Gerald — 2017(6) (
Keywords: arboreal, concertina, endurance, habitat use, lateral undulation, speed, swimming.

An advantage of clear over white egg mass morphs in metabolically demanding microhabitats suggests a role of symbiotic algae in the maintenance of a polymorphism in the spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum).
Rebecca E. Hale, Caroline Kennedy, Danielle Winkelman & Chelsea Brown — 2017(6) (
Keywords: Ambystoma maculatum, Oophila amblystomatis, life history, oxygen, symbiosis.

Evolution of the density-response of the juvenile hormone in the determination of wing type.
Takahiro Kamioka & Yoh Iwasa — 2017(6) (
Keywords: density response of mean juvenile hormone concentration, environmental fluctuation, juvenile hormone, resource dynamics, wing polymorphism, variance of juvenile hormone concentration.

How do algae form multicellular groups?
Stefania E. Kapsetaki, Alexander Tep & Stuart A. West — 2017(6) (
Keywords: predation, Chlorophyceae, induced defence, aggregation, multicellularity.

Post-dispersal seed predation in relation to selection on seed size in Dithyrea californica.
Eugenio Larios, Alberto Búrquez, Gilberto Valenzuela, Peter Chesson & D. Lawrence Venable — 2017(6) (
Keywords: density, desert rodents, harvester ants, optimal diet theory, post-dispersal seed predation, preference, selection on seed size.

Volume 18(5), September 2017

The ecology of non-ecological diversification: how nonsexual selection affects within-environment diversification via sexual conflict.
Devin Arbuthnott — 2017(5) (
Keywords: mutation-order speciation, natural selection, sexually antagonistic co-evolution, sexual selection.

Dioecy as a specialization promoting sperm delivery — a correction.
Priya Iyer & Joan Roughgarden — 2017(5) (
Keywords: CORRECTION; broadcast spawning, dioecy, evolution of sexes, fertilization behaviour, hermaphrodism, internal fertilization.

Developmental order of a secondary sexual trait reflects gonadal development in male sheepshead minnows Cyprinodon variegatus.
Who-Seung Lee, Marc Mangel & Stephan B. Munch — 2017(5) (
Keywords: development, gonads, secondary sexual trait, sexual colour.

Evolution of reproductive effort in mud turtles (Kinosternidae); The role of environmental predictability.
Rodrigo Macip-Ríos, Rebeca N. Ontiveros, Anahí T. Sánchez-León & G. Casas-Andreu — 2017(5) (
Keywords: clutch size, egg size, phylogenetic comparative methods, relative clutch mass, temporal environmental variation.

Stress as an adaptation I: Stress hormones are correlated with optimal foraging behavior of gerbils under the risk of predation.
Justin R. St. Juliana, Burt P. Kotler, Nadja Wielebnowski & Jonathan G. Cox — 2017(5) (
Keywords: desert rodents, faecal glucocorticoids, gerbils, moon phase, optimal foraging, predation risk, quitting harvest rate.

Stress as an adaptation II: Does experimental cortisol supplementation affect predation risk assessment in foraging gerbils?
Franklin Sargunaraj, Burt P. Kotler, Justin R. St. Juliana & Nadja Wielebnowski — 2017(5) (kotler@
Keywords: cortisol, foraging behaviour, Gerbillus andersoni allenbyi, giving-up densities, glucocorticoids, microhabitat, moon phase, predation risk, quitting harvest rates, stress.

Predators detect the welfare of their potential prey and cull poor ones.
A. S. Severtsov, M. L. Rosenzweig & A. V. Shubkina — 2017(5) (
Keywords: adipose capsule, antelope, bacterial odour, brown hare, hunting dogs, predator discrimination, predator efficiency, prey fitness, sighthounds, subcutaneous scars.

Diversity and abundance of bacteria in surface seawater of the Changjiang Estuary and its adjacent areas.
Shuai-Bing Wang, Jian-Xin Wang, Xiao-Hui Liu, Ying-Ping Fan, Ran Jiang, Ming-Hua Liu, Xue-Zhu Liu & Dong-Mei Wu — 2017(5) (
S-B Wang & J-X Wang contributed equally to this study and share first authorship.
Keywords: bacterioplankton, biomass, Changjiang Estuary, diversity, environmental variables, redundancy analysis.

A survey of computational methods for fossil data analysis.
Indrė Žliobaitė, Kai Puolamäki, Jussi T. Eronen & Mikael Fortelius — 2017(5) (
Keywords: bacterioplankton, biomass, Changjiang Estuary, diversity, environmental variables, redundancy analysis.