Latitudinal trends in thermal traits in a clade of small reptilian ectotherms

This data set contains comprehensive information on latitudinal variation in several physiological and behavioural traits within and among thirteen species of lizards (rainbow skinks) from Eastern Australia. Traits included are metabolic rate, water loss rate, preferred body temperature, lower and upper temperature tolerance limits and endurance at different temperatures.

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    This data set contains comprehensive information on latitudinal variation in several physiological and behavioural traits within and among thirteen species of lizards (rainbow skinks) from Eastern Australia. Traits included are metabolic rate, water loss rate, preferred body temperature, lower and upper temperature tolerance limits and endurance at different temperatures.

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      This is a comprehensive data set on intra- and interspecific latitudinal variation in thermal traits in a clade of small ectotherms from Eastern Australia (genera Carlia and Lygisaurus). It includes data on metabolic rate, water loss rate, preferred body temperature, thermoregulatory precision, critical thermal minimum and maximum temperatures and performance at different temperatures in individuals of 13 different species with different latitudinal range position and range extent. For wide ranging species, several populations from different latitudes are included. The data set also includes calibration data on the lag of body temperature behind air temperature in experiments on critical thermal limits and information on the phylogeny of the study species, based on a previously published phylogeny (Pyron et al. 2013, see data set for full reference). The data was collected at James Cook University, Cairns QLD, Australia, as part of a PhD project from 2012 to 2014. Animals were collected along the Australian East Coast from locations between Canberra and Lockhart River. Detailed methodologies can be found in the related PhD thesis and publication.

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    • climatic variability
    • species distributions
    • latitudinal climate gradients
    • thermal traits
    • environmental tolerances
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    • 19798 - (James Cook University Research Activities) Plasticity and geographic variation in fundamental niche traits - consequences for predictive models
    • 19517 - (James Cook University Research Activities) Plasticity and geographic variation in fundamental niche traits - consequences for predictive models
    • 20407 - (James Cook University Research Activities) Plasticity and geographic variation in fundamental niche traits: Consequences for predictive models
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    Tropical Ecosystems, Conservation and Climate Change
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    • 060604 - Comparative Physiology
    • 060303 - Biological Adaptation
    • 060806 - Animal Physiological Ecology
    • 060302 - Biogeography and Phylogeography
    SEO Codes
    • 970106 - Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
    • 960305 - Ecosystem Adaptation to Climate Change
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    Physical Location Tropical Data Hub - eResearch Centre, James Cook University Townsville, Queensland, Australia.
    The Data Manager is: Anna Pintor
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    Access conditions Conditional: Contact researchdata@jcu.edu.au to request access to this data.
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      Name How fundamental is a niche? Patterns in inter- and intraspecific physiological trait variation delineate potential impacts of climate change on ectotherms at taxonomically and geographically broader scales
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    • Notes PhD thesis (2015)
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    Citation Pintor, Anna; Krockenberger, Andrew; Schwarzkopf, Linda (2015): Latitudinal trends in thermal traits in a clade of small reptilian ectotherms. James Cook University. https://doi.org/10.4225/28/55B59232DCAF4