Journal of Animal Ecology

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Early View (Online Version of Record published before inclusion in an issue)

Edited By: Ken Wilson, Ben Sheldon, Jean-Michel Gaillard and Nate Sanders

Impact Factor: 4.504

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 2/154 (Zoology); 21/145 (Ecology)

Online ISSN: 1365-2656

Associated Title(s): Functional Ecology, Journal of Applied Ecology, Journal of Ecology, Methods in Ecology and Evolution


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    1. Larval traits carry over to affect post-settlement behaviour in a common coral reef fish

      Andrea L. Dingeldein and J. Wilson White

      Article first published online: 5 MAY 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12506

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      Early life-history (ELH) traits are known to influence survival in reef fish during the transition from larva to adult. The authors found evidence linking larval ELH traits and post-settlement risk-taking behaviour in bluehead wrasse, providing a mechanistic basis for the strong selection on ELH traits reported for this species.

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      Food availability and predation risk, rather than intrinsic attributes, are the main factors shaping the reproductive decisions of a long-lived predator

      Sarah R. Hoy, Alexandre Millon, Steve J. Petty, D. Philip Whitfield and Xavier Lambin

      Article first published online: 3 MAY 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12517

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      Many studies have examined the effect of food availability and predation risk on breeding decisions in isolation. In this study however we took a comprehensive approach and examined how both food availability, predation risk and attributes intrinsic to individuals interacted to shape reproductive decisions. We also provide some empirical evidence to suggest that long-lived predators alter their life-history strategies in response to changes in multiple interacting environmental factors.

    3. Does primary productivity modulate the indirect effects of large herbivores? A global meta-analysis

      Joshua H. Daskin and Robert M. Pringle

      Article first published online: 27 APR 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12522

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      The authors show that the strength of the effects of large mammalian herbivores (deer, antelope, elephants, etc.) on the abundance of other animals is greatest in the least productive ecosystems. Where climate change reduces primary productivity, the impacts of ongoing herbivore population declines and irruptions may be greatest.

    4. Family morph matters: factors determining survival and recruitment in a long-lived polymorphic raptor

      Petra Sumasgutner, Gareth J. Tate, Ann Koeslag and Arjun Amar

      Article first published online: 27 APR 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12518

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      The authors study contributes new findings to two important topics in animal research: the maintenance of colour polymorphism and urban ecology. The authors use long-term data of urban black sparrowhawks to explore how the colour morphs of the parents (in isolation and in combination) influence key demographic parameters: offspring survival and recruitment.

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      Top predators negate the effect of mesopredators on prey physiology

      Maria M. Palacios, Shaun S. Killen, Lauren E. Nadler, James R. White and Mark I. McCormick

      Article first published online: 25 APR 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12523

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      This study provides novel empirical evidence of a cascade of indirect effects in which low trophic-level species can benefit physiologically from the presence of top-predators, through the behavioural suppression imposed on mesopredators. Linking behavioural and physiological effects on predation risk can help unravel the mechanisms by which top-predators influence natural ecosystems.

    6. A test of the effects of timing of a pulsed resource subsidy on stream ecosystems

      Takuya Sato, Rana W. El-Sabaawi, Kirsten Campbell, Tamihisa Ohta and John S. Richardson

      Article first published online: 21 APR 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12516

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      While most of the spatial subsidies are temporally variable, less is known about how the timing of these subsidies affects communities and ecosystems. Here, the authors demonstrate that the timing of a pulsed subsidy can mediate stream community and ecosystem functions predominantly through a timing-dependent consumer response.

    7. Negative relationships between population density and metabolic rates are not general

      Varvara Yashchenko, Erlend Ignacio Fossen, Øystein Nordeide Kielland and Sigurd Einum

      Article first published online: 21 APR 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12515

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      Increased population density has been suggested to cause reduced metabolic rates even in the absence of food abundance effects. The authors find no such relationship in two species of zooplankton (Daphnia). Furthermore, when reviewing previous studies, such patterns are found to be weak or absent and/or potentially influenced by methodological bias.

    8. Host and parasite thermal acclimation responses depend on the stage of infection

      Karie A. Altman, Sara H. Paull, Pieter T. J. Johnson, Michelle N. Golembieski, Jeffrey P. Stephens, Bryan E. LaFonte and Thomas R. Raffel

      Article first published online: 4 APR 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12510

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      Temperature variability can have complex effects on parasitism, particularly if hosts and parasites acclimate to new temperatures. The authors used replicated temperature experiments to demonstrate nonlinear thermal acclimation responses in the trematode parasite Ribeiroia ondatrae and its tadpole host Lithobates clamitans. They tracked parasite encystment and clearance using fluorescent dye.

    9. Beyond neutral and forbidden links: morphological matches and the assembly of mutualistic hawkmoth–plant networks

      Federico D. Sazatornil, Marcela Moré, Santiago Benitez-Vieyra, Andrea A. Cocucci, Ian J. Kitching, Boris O. Schlumpberger, Paulo E. Oliveira, Marlies Sazima and Felipe W. Amorim

      Article first published online: 4 APR 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12509

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      The authors assessed whether hawkmoths more frequently visit plants with floral tube lengths similar to their proboscis lengths beyond abundance-based processes and ecological trait mismatches constraints. The findings highlight the importance of morphological traits matching, revealing that the role of niche-based processes can be much more complex than previously known.

    10. The contribution of developmental experience vs. condition to life history, trait variation and individual differences

      Nicholas DiRienzo and Pierre-Olivier Montiglio

      Article first published online: 24 MAR 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12512

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      The authors' findings demonstrate large and persistent effects of juvenile experience on later adult behavioural phenotype and web structure in black widow spiders. These differences in experience resulted in different patterns of behaviour and web personality in adult spiders. Furthermore, developmental experience also affects which traits demonstrated plasticity as adults.

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      Evidence of the phenotypic expression of a lethal recessive allele under inbreeding in a wild population of conservation concern

      Amanda E. Trask, Eric M. Bignal, Davy I. McCracken, Pat Monaghan, Stuart B. Piertney and Jane M. Reid

      Article first published online: 21 MAR 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12503

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      The authors provide a rare example of the phenotypic expression of a single-locus lethal recessive allele in a wild population of conservation concern. Furthermore, they infer that the allele probably arose several generations ago and, despite being lethal, might persist due to high breeding success of heterozygous carriers.


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