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Abstract: Semelparous organisms have a simple life cycle characterized by immediate death after reproduction. We assume that semelparous life histories can be separated into a juvenile non-reproductive period followed by an adult period during which reproduction is possible. We derive formulae for the optimal age and size at reproduction and for the optimal size of the offspring (e.g., seeds). Our main contribution is to determine the conditions under which the optimal size of the offspring does not depend on the optimal size at reproduction and vice versa.
Publication Date: 19-Feb-2013
Electronic Publication Date: 19-Feb-2013
Citation: Vaupel, James W., Missov, Trifon I., Metcalf, C. Jessica E. (2013). Optimal Semelparity. PLoS ONE, 8 (2), e57133 - e57133. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0057133
DOI: doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0057133
EISSN: 1932-6203
Pages: e57133 - e57133
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: PLoS ONE
Version: Final published version. This is an open access article.

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