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Special Issue "Fluctuating Asymmetry in Ungulates"
A special issue of Symmetry (ISSN 2073-8994). This special issue belongs to the section "Biology and Symmetry/Asymmetry".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 September 2023 | Viewed by 3177
Special Issue Editors
Interests: ecology; conservation biology; wildlife conservation; wildlife ecology; ecology and evolution; conservation behavioral ecology; climate change; biodiversity; biodiversity monitoring
Interests: biology of cervids; wildlife management; animal nutrition; behavioural ecology; captive breeding
Special Issue Information
Fluctuating asymmetry (FA) is defined as nondirectional variation between the left and right sides of a bilateral character, and it may arise as a result of an inability to control development in different ecological contexts, showing an individual’s failure to produce a consistent phenotype in a given environment. FA is particularly manifested in physiologically expensive anatomical structures, such as horns and antlers of ungulates, but it has received little attention in terms of its potential impact on production, reproduction, and behavioral parameters.
For this Special Issue, we invite review, theoretical and experimental papers, addressing methodological evaluation and application of fluctuating asymmetry in the understanding of fitness at the individual and population level. We invite studies representing ungulates and encourage the submission of manuscripts that support the use of fluctuating asymmetry as a tool or biomarker for detecting environmental or climatic pressures, the degree of naturalness and anthropization effects. Studies testing FA as an environmental monitoring technique are especially welcome. Methodological issues could include the consideration of multiple traits, measurement accuracy and reliability, problems related to sample size, data collection, data treatment, appropriate statistical analysis and use of software.
This Special Issue, titled “Fluctuating Asymmetry in Ungulates”, aims to continue highlighting these questions in the application of fluctuating asymmetry within ecological and zoological studies.
Submit your paper and select the Journal “Symmetry” and the Special Issue “Fluctuating Asymmetry in Ungulates” via: MDPI submission system. Our papers will be published on a rolling basis and we will be pleased to receive your submission once you have finished it.
Dr. Roberta Chirichella
Dr. Francisco Ceacero
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- Anthropization Effect
- Behavioral Parameters
- Body Characteristics
- Ecological Context
- Developmental Instability
- Fluctuating Asymmetry
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Fluctuating asymmetry in gazelles: heritability and relationship with inbreeding
Authors: Jorge Cassinello
Affiliation: Estación Experimental de Zonas Áridas (EEZA-CSIC), Almería, Spain