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  • Recent comparative studies across sex-changing animals have found that the relative size and age at sex change are strikingly invariant. In particular, 91%–97% of the variation in size at sex change across species can be explained by the simple rule that individuals change sex when they reach 72% of their maximum body size. However, this degree of invariance is surprising and has proved controversial. In particular, it is not clear why this result should hold, given that there is considerable biological variation across species in factors that can influence the evolutionarily stable timing of sex change. Our overall aim here is to explain this result and determine the implications for other life-history variables. Specifically, we use a combination of approaches to formalize and make explicit previous analytical theory in this area, examine the robustness of the empirical invariance result, and carry out sensitivity analyses to determine what the empirical data imply about the mean value and variation in several key life-history variables.
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  • Gardner, A., Allsop, D., Charnov, E., & West, S. (2005). A dimensionless invariant for relative size at sex change in animals: Explanation and implications. The American Naturalist, 165(5), 551-566. doi: 10.1086/429526
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  • Funding was provided by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Natural Environment Research Council, the Royal Society, Leverhulme Trust, and Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.
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