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Data from: Fluctuating food resources influence developmental plasticity in wild boar

Citation

Gamelon, Marlène et al. (2013), Data from: Fluctuating food resources influence developmental plasticity in wild boar, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.8hf1c

Abstract

To maximize long-term average reproductive success, individuals can diversify the phenotypes of offspring produced within a reproductive event by displaying the ‘coin-flipping’ tactic. Wild boar (Sus scrofa scrofa) females have been reported to adopt this tactic. However, whether the magnitude of developmental plasticity within a litter depends on stochasticity in food resources has not been yet investigated. From long-term monitoring, we found that juvenile females produced similar-sized fetuses within a litter independent of food availability. By contrast, adult females adjusted their relative allocation to littermates to the amount of food resources, by providing a similar allocation to all littermates in years of poor food resources but producing highly diversified offspring phenotypes within a litter in years of abundant food resources. By minimizing sibling rivalry, such a plastic reproductive tactic allows adult wild boar females to maximize the number of littermates for a given breeding event.

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Châteauvillain - Arc-en-Barrois