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Niche Specialization Influences Adaptive Phenotypic Plasticity in the Threespine Stickleback
Phenotypic plasticity may be favored in generalist populations if it increases niche width, even in temporally constant environments. Phenotypic plasticity can increase the frequency of extreme phenotypes in a population and thus allow it to make use of a wide resource spectrum. Here we test the prediction that generalist populations should be more plastic than specialists. In a commongarden experiment, we show that solitary, generalist populations of threespine sticklebacks inhabiting smalldoi:10.1086/666000 pmid:22673650 fatcat:ldn6l6iuvfeddawsozbzekvdkm