Data from: Sex-specific weight loss mediates sexual size dimorphism in Drosophila melanogaster

Nicholas D. Testa, Shampa M. Ghosh & Alexander W. Shingleton
The selective pressures leading to the evolution of Sexual Size Dimorphism (SSD) have been well studied in many organisms, yet, the underlying developmental mechanisms are poorly understood. By generating a complete growth profile by sex in Drosophila melanogaster, we describe the sex-specific pattern of growth responsible for SSD. Growth rate and critical size for pupariation significantly contributed to adult SSD, whereas duration of growth did not. Surprisingly, SSD at peak larval mass was twice that...
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