Data from: Chronic malnutrition favours smaller critical size for metamorphosis initiation in Drosophila melanogaster

Roshan K. Vijendravarma, Sunitha Narasimha & Tadeusz J. Kawecki
Critical size at which metamorphosis is initiated represents an important checkpoint in insect development. Here we use experimental evolution in Drosophila melanogaster to test the long-standing hypothesis that larval malnutrition should favour a smaller critical size. We report that six fly populations subject to 112 generations of laboratory natural selection on an extremely poor larval evolved an 18 % smaller critical size (compared to six unselected control populations). Thus, even though critical size is not...
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