New publication: Density-dependent consequences of size-selective induced life-history changes to population fitness in medaka (Oryzias latipes)

By Charlotte Evangelista, Leif Asbjørn Vøllestad, Beatriz Diaz Pauli, and  Eric Edeline in Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences  


There is an increasing concern about the potential for size-selective harvest to impair population persistence. Yet little is known about the relative contribution of the evolutionary (shifts in life history) and demographic effects (decreased population density and size truncation) of harvesting to changes in fitness. Using medaka (Oryzias latipes), we experimentally investigated the fitness consequences of antagonistic size-dependent selection under contrasted levels of density (low vs. high) and size structure (uniform vs. truncated). The size-dependent selection generated large- and small-breeder lines with fast growth and late maturity vs. slow growth and early maturity life histories, respectively. A decrease in density had a positive effect on almost all fitness components, while size truncation only had a positive effect on fish growth. Small-breeder fish grew slower and had a greater probability of reproducing, at least when considering small-sized females. The number of larvae and juveniles did not differ between the two lines. Finally, the positive effect of decreased density on population asymptotic growth rate was less pronounced in small-breeders than in large-breeders of medaka. These findings stress the importance of considering the ramifications of fishing-adapted life history to population persistence in the light of density-dependent population dynamics.

Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Published on the web 19 July 2020.
DOI: 10.1139/cjfas-2019-0406
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Charlotte Evangelista*, Leif Asbjørn Vøllestad*, Beatriz Diaz Pauli*, and  Eric Edeline#

* Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES), Department of Biosciences, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway.

§  Department of Biological Sciences, University of Bergen, 5020 Bergen, Norway

#  Sorbonne Université, Université Paris Diderot, UPEC, CNRS, INRA, IRD, Institut d'Ecologie et des Sciences de l'Environnement de Paris (iEES Paris), F-75252 Paris, France; ESE, Ecology and Ecosystem Health, INRAE, Agrocampus Ouest, Rennes, France.


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Published Sep. 1, 2020 10:06 AM - Last modified Mar. 5, 2021 9:33 AM