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Plasticity and selection explain variation in tadpole phenotype between ponds with different predator composition

Plasticity and selection explain variation in tadpole phenotype between ponds with different predator composition

Oikos 85(1): 31-39

Hyla versicolor tadpoles were sampled from 2 ponds with different numbers of predators in southern Michigan, USA. Cornfield Pond had few predators, while Tinkle's Marsh (300 m away) had many predatory insects (11.4 predators per msuperscript 2) and Ambystoma laterale, A. tremblyii and A. tigrinum (1.0 per msuperscript 2). Tadpoles from Tinkle's Marsh had shorter and shallower bodies than those from Cornfield Pond, and relatively long, deep, and brightly coloured tails.

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