Sensitivity to thermal extremes in Australian Drosophila implies similar impacts of climate change on the distribution of widespread and tropical species
Global Change Biology
we demonstrate that it is especially the extreme temperature events that define the distribution ofAs climate change is progressing, the temperature of our planet increases. This is particularly important for the large group of animals that are cold-blooded (ectothermic), including insects. Their body temperature is ultimately determined by the ambient temperature, and the same therefore applies to the speed and efficiency of their vital biological processes. But is it changes in average temperature or frequency of extreme temperature conditions that have the greatest impact on species distribution? In a recent recent publication in the journal both tropical and temperate drosophila species. Thus climate change affects ectotermic animals primarily because more periods of extreme weather are expected in the future.
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