Carry-over effects - the importance of a good start

McCormick, M.I., and Gagliano, M. (2009) Carry-over effects - the importance of a good start. In: Proceedings of the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, July 2008. From: 11th International Coral Reef Symposium 2008, 07 July - 11 July 2008, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA.

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Every organism has a history and its past experiences shape its present capabilities and may greatly influence the outcome of future events. For marine organisms with complex life cycles, seemingly discrete life stages separated by periods of rapid change (metamorphosis) have led researchers to focus on processes that occur within stages. Recent research highlights the interconnections among life stages and underscore that phases within a life cycle are functionally coupled. Success in one stage biases the probability of outcomes in subsequent stages. The present study reviews research on model species of tropical reef damselfish, Pomacentrus amboinensis, to highlight the fundamental importance of effects that ‘carry-over’ from previous life stages and potentially generations. Research strongly suggests that the physiological state of parents (particularly mothers) during gametogenesis pro-rate offspring success and may even influence their fitness.

Item ID: 10540
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
Keywords: marine science; parental effects; metamorphosis; coral reef fish; history; phenotypic selection
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Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2010 00:26
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060202 Community Ecology (excl Invasive Species Ecology) @ 50%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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