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Staying cool: the importance of shade availability for tropical ectotherms

Chou, Chun-Chia; Perez, Daniela; Johns, Sophie; Gardner, R.; Kerr, Kecia; Head, Megan; McCullough, Erin; Backwell, Patricia


Abstract Understanding how organisms mitigate the impacts of climate warming is one of the biggest challenges facing modern-day biologists. For tropical ectotherms, staying cool is critical for avoiding thermal stress, so individuals that are able to maintain territories in cool microhabitats are likely to gain fitness advantages. This study evaluated the importance of shade availability in the tropical fiddler crab, Austruca mjoebergi, by investigating temperature variation and behavioral...[Show more]

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Date published: 2019-07-10
Type: Journal article
Source: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
DOI: 10.1007/s00265-019-2721-9


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