Data from: Complex life cycles: why refrain from growth before reproduction in the adult niche?

Daniel P. Benesh, James C. Chubb & Geoff A. Parker
Organisms with complex life cycles occupy distinct niches as larvae and adults. One presumed advantage of this is the ability to exploit different resources successively throughout ontogeny. Various taxa, however, have evolved non-feeding, non-growing adult stages. We show theoretically that this counterintuitive 'no-growth' strategy is favored when the optimal larval size is greater than or equal to the optimal adult size for reproduction. We empirically investigated this in a group of parasitic worms (helminths). Helminths...
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