Christopher J. Austin and Amanda J. Moehring Optimal temperature range of a plastic species, Drosophila simulans Journal of Animal Ecology 82
Some species use phenotypic plasticity (rather than genetic adaptation) to survive shifting environments. (i) This is the first study to examine the relative fitness of a ‘plastic’ species. (ii) Even knowing this species is ‘plastic,’ we found a shockingly wide range of temperatures at which this species performs optimally.
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