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Dynamic size responses to climate change: prevailing effects of rising temperature drive long-term body size increases in a semi-arid passerine

Gardner, Janet; Amano, Tatsuya; Mackey, Brendan; Sutherland, William J; Clayton, Mark; Peters, Anne


Changes in animal body size have been widely reported as a correlate of contemporary climate change. Body size affects metabolism and fitness, so changing size has implications for resilience, yet the climatic factors that drive size variation remain poorly understood. We test the role of mean and extreme temperature, rainfall, and remotely sensed primary productivity (NDVI) as drivers of body size in a sedentary, semi-arid Australian passerine, Ptilotula (Lichenostomus) penicillatus, over 23...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Global Change Biology
DOI: 10.1111/gcb.12507


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