Reproductive plasticity, oviposition site selection, and maternal effects in fragmented landscapes

  • Gibbs M
  • van Dyck H
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Abstract

Traditionally, evolutionary ecology and conservation biology have primarily been concerned with how environmental changes affect population size and genetic diversity. Recently, however, there has been a growing realization that phenotypic plasticity can have important consequences for the probability of population persistence, population growth, and evolution during rapid environmental change. Habitat fragmentation due to human activities is dramatically changing the ecological conditions of life for many organisms. In this review, we use examples from the literature to demonstrate that habitat fragmentation has important consequences on oviposition site selection in insects, with carryover effects on offspring survival and, therefore, population dynamics. We argue that plasticity in oviposition site selection and maternal effects on offspring phenotypes may be an important, yet underexplored, mechanism by which environmental conditions have consequences across generations. Without considering the impact of habitat fragmentation on oviposition site selection, it will be difficult to assess the effect of fragmentation on offspring fitness, and ultimately to understand the impact of anthropogenic-induced environmental change on population viability.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Butterfly
  • Egg laying
  • Habitat fragmentation
  • Host quality
  • Insect
  • Life history
  • Microclimate
  • Oviposition behavior
  • Resource distribution

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Authors

  • Melanie Gibbs

  • Hans van Dyck

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