Effect phenotypic plasticity on the invasion success of the New Zealand mudsnail, The
Invasive species are the second greatest threat to all biodiversity, yet along with aquatic systems, they have been understudied. Dr. Amy Krist and I investigated the effect of phenotypic plasticity on the successful invasion of an exotic snail, Potamopyrgus antipodarum, or the New Zealand mudsnail. Phenotypic plasticity is the response of a species to different environmental conditions based on its genotype. It can help invasion success if an exotic species can have higher fitness than the native species in a stressful environment, increase fitness better than the native species as the environment ...
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