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Do pioneers have r-selected traits? Life history patterns among colonizing terrestrial gastropods
Bengtsson, J.; Baur, B. (1993). Do pioneers have r-selected traits? Life history patterns among colonizing terrestrial gastropods. Oecologia 94(1): 17-22.
In: Oecologia. Springer: Heidelberg; Berlin. ISSN 0029-8549, more
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    Life history; Mollusca [WoRMS]; Marine
Author keywords
    Pioneers; Colonizing ability; r-selection

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  • Bengtsson, J.
  • Baur, B.

    We examine whether pioneer species of terrestrial gastropods (snails and slugs) possess particular life history traits commonly associated with r-selection, using data on gastropod colonization in four areas in north-west Europe (the Kvarken and Tvärminne archipelagos in the Baltic, polder woods in IJsselmeer, and a rehabilitated quarry near Maastricht). Data on age at first reproduction, longevity, clutch size, egg size and lifetime fecundity were gathered from the literature. In order to control for potentially confounding effects of body size on life history traits, we compared the residuals from the allometric relations between life history traits and body size for pioneers and non-pioneers. In snails, all life history traits examined were related to body size. In slugs, all traits except age at first reproduction scaled with body size. Body sizes did not differ between pioneers and non-pioneers in any area. In all four areas, there were no significant differences between pioneers and non-pioneers in any of the life history traits examined, after body size had been taken into account. This indicates that pioneer terrestrial gastropods generally cannot be regarded as r-selected. Pioneer species may possess any of several life history strategies, and the combinations of traits shown by them may have little in common with the r-K selection concept.

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