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Animal Body SizeLinking Pattern and Process across Space, Time, and Taxonomic Group$
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Felisa A. Smith and S. Kathleen Lyons

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226012148

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226012285.001.0001

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Latitudinal Variation of Body Size in Land Snail Populations and Communities

Latitudinal Variation of Body Size in Land Snail Populations and Communities

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(p.62) Chapter Two Latitudinal Variation of Body Size in Land Snail Populations and Communities
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Animal Body Size
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Jeffrey C. Nekola

Gary M. Barker

Robert A. D. Cameron

Beata M. Pokryszko

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226012285.003.0003

This chapter examines the nature and underlying mechanisms for body size vs. latitude relationships in land snail populations and communities observed across large extents (>2,500 km) in northwestern Europe, eastern North America, and New Zealand. It addresses the following four questions: does individual body size within a species positively correlate with latitude? Are communities of high latitude represented by a greater proportion of large taxa? Are communities of high latitude represented by a greater proportion of large individuals? Does altitudinal variation in community body size mimic latitudinal relationships?

Keywords:   body size, latitude relationships, land snails

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