Asymmetry patterns across the distribution range: does the species matter?

Kark, S, Lens, L, Van Dongen, S and Schmidt, E (2004) Asymmetry patterns across the distribution range: does the species matter?. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 81 3: 313-324. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8312.2004.00296.x

Author Kark, S
Lens, L
Van Dongen, S
Schmidt, E
Title Asymmetry patterns across the distribution range: does the species matter?
Journal name Biological Journal of the Linnean Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0024-4066
Publication date 2004-03-01
Year available 2004
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1095-8312.2004.00296.x
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 81
Issue 3
Start page 313
End page 324
Total pages 12
Place of publication OXFORD
Language eng
Abstract An important question in evolutionary ecology is whether different populations across a species range, from core to periphery, experience different levels of stress. The estimation of developmental instability has been proposed as a useful tool for quantifying the degree of environmental and genetic stress that individuals experience during their development. Fluctuating asymmetry, the unsigned difference between the two sides of a bilaterally symmetrical trait, has been suggested to reflect the levels of developmental instability in a population. As such, it has been proposed as a useful tool for estimating changes in developmental instability and in stress response in populations across a range of environmental conditions. Recent studies focusing mostly on birds have detected increasing fluctuating asymmetry from core to periphery across the distribution range, suggesting that peripheral populations may experience higher levels of environmental and/or genetic stress. Most of these comparisons were done for single taxa across a single gradient. However, different species are predicted to respond differently to environmental shifts across the range. We compared asymmetry patterns in wing morphology in populations of two Euchloe butterfly species across their opposing ranges in Israel. Contrary to the patterns observed in birds across the same gradient, bilateral asymmetry did not increase or shift towards the periphery in either of the butterfly species. If fluctuating asymmetry in these traits reflects levels of stress, these results may partly reflect the fact that the range of these two butterfly species is limited by the distribution of their host plant, rather than by abiotic environmental variables. In addition, developing pierids can diapause during harsh seasons and can persist in resource-rich patches, thus minimizing the environmental stress perceived by developing individuals. We conclude that accounting for differences in species' life histories and range-limiting factors is necessary in order to better predict patterns of developmental instability across spatial and environmental gradients. (C) 2004 The Linnean Society of London,
Keyword bilateral asymmetry
developmental instability
environmental gradient
fluctuating asymmetry
Fluctuating Asymmetry
Developmental Instability
Directional Asymmetry
Genomic Coadaptation
Conservation Biology
Bilateral Asymmetry
Chukar Partridge
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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