Male reproductive effort might be evolving in the face of devastating disease in a threatened amphibian

Laura Brannelly, Rebecca J Webb, Zhixuan Jiang, Lee Berger, Lee F Skerratt & Laura F Grogan
The devastating infectious disease chytridiomycosis has caused declines of amphibians across the globe, yet some populations are persisting and even recovering. One understudied effect of wildlife disease is changes in reproductive effort. Here we aimed to understand if disease has plastic effects on reproduction and if reproductive effort could evolve with disease endemism. We compared the effects of experimental pathogen exposure (trait plasticity) and population-level disease history (evolution in trait baseline) on reproductive effort using...
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