Do single point condition measurements predict fitness in female pronghorn (Antilocapra americana)?
Abstract:Condition is frequently used in evolutionary studies as an estimator of fitness. Broad theoretical interpretations of condition include many different attributes that can influence fitness, but in practice, researchers commonly employ condition measures (e.g., body-fat scores or size-adjusted body mass) that have uncertain relationships with reproductive success. In addition, researchers typically rely on condition estimates that are made once. Empirical studies investigating the relationship between condition and fitness are nearly absent. We examined the effect of maternal condition on current and future reproductive success in a wild population of pronghorn (
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: June 10, 2012
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