allometry


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allometry

(ə-lŏm′ĭ-trē)
n.
1. The disproportionate growth of a part or parts of an organism as the organism changes in size.
2. The study of such growth.

al′lo·met′ric (ăl′ə-mĕt′rĭk) adj.

allometry

[əlom′itrē]
Etymology: Gk, allos + metron, measure
the measurement and study of the changes in proportions of the various parts of an organism in relation to the growth of the whole or of such changes within a series of related organisms. See also allometric growth. allometric, adj.

allometry

measurement of the changes in shape of an animal relative to increases in its size.
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Ontogeny and allometry of body shape in the Blacktail Shiner, Cyprinella venusta.
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Plastic allometry in young sugar maple (Acer saccharum): adaptive responses to light availability.
Allometry and paleoecology of medial Miocene dwarf rhinoceroses from the Texas Gulf coastal plain.
Her research interests include the behavioral ecology of freshwater fishes, especially the evolution of mate recognition systems and their role in speciation in pupfishes (Cyprinodon); the allometry of sexually-selected traits; and community structure and conservation of desert fishes.
Allometry of alarm calls: Black-capped Chickadees encode information about predator size.
Length-to-weight allometry is also preserved, with the exponent varying between 2.
Within species, allometry sometimes varies by age or size of trees (Cole and Ewel, 2006; Peichl and Arain, 2007; Fatemi et al.
Morphological variation attributable to allometry in the freshwater gastropod Elimia livescens Menke, 1830 is described.
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