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Continuous growth facilitates feeding and reproduction: impact of size on energy allocation patterns for organisms with indeterminate growth
Lord, J.P.; Shanks, A.L. (2012). Continuous growth facilitates feeding and reproduction: impact of size on energy allocation patterns for organisms with indeterminate growth. Mar. Biol. (Berl.) 159(7): 1417-1428. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s00227-012-1918-5
In: Marine Biology. Springer: Heidelberg; Berlin. ISSN 0025-3162, more
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  • Lord, J.P.
  • Shanks, A.L.

Abstract
    Body size has great influence on feeding, reproduction, and ecological importance. This study measures growth, reproduction, and feeding for several northeastern Pacific intertidal invertebrates that have indeterminate growth. In all species studied, linear size (length, diameter) showed asymptotic growth fit by the von Bertalanffy growth function, supporting the notion that less energy is allocated to growth with age because of increased reproduction. However, these same species displayed a continuous, roughly linear increase in volume with age. Both reproductive output and food intake were shown to scale proportionally with volume. This indicates that some species with indeterminate growth do not reduce energy allocation to growth with age but instead display continuous volumetric growth that facilitates increases in feeding rate and reproductive output with age and size. A simple allometric model is proposed to describe constant volumetric growth rates and linear increases in reproduction with age.

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