Data from: Towards a mechanistic understanding of insect life history evolution: oxygen-dependent induction of moulting explains moulting sizes

Sami M. Kivelä, Magne Friberg, Christer Wiklund, Olof Leimar & Karl Gotthard
Moults characterise insect growth trajectories, typically following a consistent pattern known as Dyar's rule; proportional size increments remain constant across inter-instar moults. Empirical work suggests that oxygen limitation triggers moulting. The insect respiratory system, and its oxygen supply capacity, grows primarily at moults. It is hypothesized that the oxygen demand increases with increasing body mass, eventually meeting the oxygen supply capacity at an instar-specific critical mass where moulting is triggered. Deriving from this hypothesis, we...
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