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Thermoregulatory behaviour explains countergradient variation in the upper thermal limit of a rainforest skink

Llewelyn, J.; Macdonald, Stewart L.; Hatcher, Amberlee; Moritz, Craig; Phillips, B.L.


The vulnerability of a terrestrial ectotherm to high environmental temperatures depends on the animal's thermal physiology and thermoregulatory behaviour. These variables – environment, physiology, and behaviour – interact with each other, complicating assessment of species vulnerability to global warming. We previously uncovered a counterintuitive pattern in rainforest sunskinks Lampropholis coggeri: a negative relationship between their critical thermal maximum (CTmax) and the temperature of...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Oikos
DOI: 10.1111/oik.03933


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