Effect of habitat permanence on life-history: extending the Daphnia model into new climate spaces

Sally Drapes, Matthew D. Hall, Ben L. Phillips

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We use an Australian freshwater invertebrate species, Daphnia carinata, to assess whether variation in habitat permanence influences life-history traits in subpopulations. Using a life table experiment, we measure the life-history traits of populations from both permanent and temporary pools. We show that these habitat classes are associated with clear differences in important life-history traits and evidence of trade-offs in important traits influencing reproduction, diapause, and growth rate and suggest this is evidence for local adaptation. Here we use Daphnia from Australian populations spanning semi-arid and temperate climates generating results that are in broad agreement with similar studies in the northern hemisphere, and so extend these results to a new continent and its particular climate. Variation in habitat permanence, it appears, is a very general driver of life-history divergence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)595-607
Number of pages13
JournalEvolutionary Ecology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021


  • Australian zooplankton
  • Daphnia carinata
  • Habitat permanence
  • Life-history

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