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Data from: Ecological and evolutionary implications of allometric growth in stomach size of brachyuran crabs

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Griffen, Blaine D.; Cannizzo, Zachary J.; Gul, Mustafa R. (2018), Data from: Ecological and evolutionary implications of allometric growth in stomach size of brachyuran crabs, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.3gc7rj6

Abstract

Individual characteristics often scale allometrically with organismal body size and the form of this scaling can be influenced by ecological and evolutionary factors. Examining the specific form of this scaling can therefore yield important insights into organismal ecology and evolution and the ability of organisms to respond to future environmental changes. We examine the allometric scaling of stomach volume with body mass for 17 species of brachyuran crabs. We also examine how this scaling is influenced by dietary strategy, maximum body size, and activity level, all while controlling for phylogenetic relationships between the species. We show that the slope and intercept of the allometric scaling relationships vary across species and are influenced by all three ecological factors examined here, as well as by evolutionary relationships. These results highlight potential divergent strategies in stomach growth taken by different groups of crabs and highlight potential limitations that may be imposed on the ability of this group of organisms to respond to warming trends expected with climate change.

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United States