Chapter Five

Sexual selection and social context: Web-building spiders as emerging models for adaptive plasticity

Maydianne C.B. Andrade*    Departments of Biological Sciences and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto Scarborough, Toronto, ON, Canada* Corresponding author: email address: maydianne.andrade@utoronto.ca

Abstract

Phenotypic plasticity is the ability of organisms with a given genotype to develop varied phenotypes under fluctuating environmental conditions. This chapter provides an overview of the conditions under which adaptive phenotypic plasticity is expected to evolve, and the challenge of conducting rigorous tests of hypotheses for such plasticity. It is argued that advances in the field may be facilitated ...

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