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Spatial and temporal variation in morphology inAustralian whistlers and shrike-thrushes: is climatechange causing larger appendages?

Onley, Isabelle R.; Gardner, Janet; Symonds, Matthew


Allen's rule is an ecogeographical pattern whereby the size of appendages of animals increases relative to body size in warmer climates in order to facilitate heat exchange and thermoregulation. Allen's rule predicts that one consequence of a warming climate would be an increase in the relative size of appendages, and evidence from other bird species suggests that this might be occurring. Using measurements from museum specimens, we determined whether spatio-temporal variation in bills and legs...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2020
Type: Journal article
Source: Biological Journal of the Linnean Society
DOI: 10.1093/biolinnean/blaa028


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