Survival strategies of meiofauna
Warwick, R.M. (1981) Survival strategies of meiofauna. In: Jones, N.V. and Wolff, W.J., (eds.) Feeding and Survival Srategies of Estuarine Organisms. Plenum Press, New York, USA, pp. 39-52.
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Mechanisms of survival fall into two broad categories. To survive in the short term animals must, of course, be adapted to the particular environments in which they live. However, other properties of animal populations can be regarded as “adaptations to the pattern of the environment in space and time” (Levins, 1968) involving flexibility of response to environmental factors, and it is these adaptations which are categorised as strategies. Efficiency and stability are the two features necessary for survival under natural selection (MacArthur, 1955) and it is the purpose of this paper to discuss certain aspects of the ecology of meiofauna populations and communities which ensure the fulfillment of these two criteria.
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