Data from: Proximate and ultimate drivers of variation in bite force in the insular lizards Podarcis melisellensis and Podarcis siculaMaxime Taverne, Nina King-Gillies, Marija Krajnovic, Duje Lisicic, Oscar Mira, Donat Petricioli, Iva Sabolic, Anamaria Stambuk, Zoran Tadic, Chloé Vigliotti, Beck Wehrle & Anthony Herrel
Bite force is a key performance trait in lizards since biting is involved in many ecologically relevant tasks, including foraging, fighting, and mating. Several factors have been previously suggested to impact bite force in lizards, such as head morphology (proximate factors), or diet, intraspecific competition, and habitat characteristics (ultimate factors). However, these have been generally investigated separately and mostly at the interspecific level. We tested which factors drive variation in bite force at the population...
1. Glacial retreat, accompanied by shifts in riparian vegetation and glacier meltwater inputs, alters the energy supply and trophic structure of alpine stream food webs. Our goal in this study was to enhance understanding of dietary niches of macroinvertebrates inhabiting different alpine streams with contrasting glacial and non-glacial (groundwater, precipitation, snowmelt) water inputs in conjunction with seasonal and habitat-specific variation in basal resource availability. 2. We measured a range of stream physico-chemical attributes as well...
Contrasting patterns of sexually selected traits in Mediterranean and continental populations of European mouflonKresimir Kavcic, Luca Corlatti, Toni Safner, Nikola Budak & Nikica Šprem
The expression of sexually selected traits in highly dimorphic ungulates may be influenced by environmental quality. Variations in habitat conditions can impose different constraints on the allocation of energy resources to male life-history traits, and possibly alter the female preferences for specific features. Here, we compared the horn growth patterns in male European mouflon Ovis aries musimon living in different habitats (Mediterranean vs. continental) but sharing a common genetic origin. We hypothesized that the expression...
The majority of the nearly 400 existing local pig breeds are adapted to specific environments and human needs. The demand for large production quantities and the industrialized pig production have caused a rapid decline of many local pig breeds in recent decades. Black Slavonian pig and Turopolje pig, the latter highly threatened, are the two Croatian local indigenous breeds typically grown in extensive or semi-intensive systems. In order to guide a long-term breeding program to...
Data from: Candidate gene SNP variation in floodplain populations of pedunculate oak (Quercus robur L.) near the species' southern range margin: weak differentiation yet distinct associations with water availabilityMartina Temunović, Pauline Garnier-Géré, Maja Morić, Jozo Franjić, Mladen Ivanković & Arndt Hampe
Populations residing near species' low-latitude range margins (LLM) often occur in warmer and drier environments than those in the core range. Thus, their genetic composition could be shaped by climatic drivers that differ from those occurring at higher latitudes, resulting in potentially adaptive variants of conservation value. Such variants could facilitate the adaptation of populations from other portions of the geographic range to similar future conditions anticipated under ongoing climate change. However, very few studies...
University of Zagreb5
Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology1
University of Freiburg1
Queen Mary University of London1
Croatian Forest Research Institute1
University of California, Irvine1
University of Bordeaux1
Musée National d'Histoire Naturelle1