TitleShifts in life-history traits as a response to cannibalism in larval long-toed salamanders (Ambystoma macrodactylum)
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsWildy, EL, Chivers, DP, Blaustein, AR
JournalJournal of Chemical Ecology
Volume25
Pagination2337-2346
Type of ArticleJournal Article
ISSN0098-0331
Abstract

We examined the potential influence of cannibalism on life-history characteristics of larval long-toed salamanders (Ambystoma macrodactylum). Using a 2 x 2 factorial design, crossing morphology with diet, we exposed typical morph larvae to one of four types of stimulus animals: cannibal morphs fed a conspecific diet, cannibal morphs fed a heterospecific diet (i.e., Tubifex), typical morphs fed a conspecific diet, and typical morphs fed a heterospecific diet. Test larvae exposed to stimulus animals fed a conspecific diet exhibited a slower growth rate and an increase in the time taken to reach metamorphosis. These changes in life history likely represent a cost of antipredator behavior.

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DOI10.1023/a:1020830125611