Tests of the Climatic Variability Hypothesis in Australian Skinks

This data set contains collated and edited data on species distribution records and their associated climatic conditions obtained from the Atlas of Living Australia (http://www.ala.org.au/), as well as summarized data relating to analyses and figures in publications associated with the raw data set.

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    This data set contains collated and edited data on species distribution records and their associated climatic conditions obtained from the Atlas of Living Australia (http://www.ala.org.au/), as well as summarized data relating to analyses and figures in publications associated with the raw data set.

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      This data set contains data on distribution records and associated climate variables on species in three large phylogenetic clades of Australian skinks. The data was obtained from the Atlas of Living Australia (http://www.ala.org.au/) in October 2011 by downloading all museum records (latitude, longitude, elevation) for the species of interest as well as values from different climate layers at species' occurrence points. Climate layers used were Temperature - annual mean ("Bio01"; Hijmans et al. 2005), Temperature - max absolute mean max (Williams et al. 2010) and Temperature - min absolute mean min (Williams et al. 2010). The data was edited to exclude incomplete records and outliers far outside the known range of species. The data was used to test the applicability of the Climatic Variability Hypothesis, i.e. that species from more thermally variable habitats achieve greater range extents, in Australian skinks. Summarized data used for analyses and figures used in the associated publication are included in the data set. For details on references and analyses, refer to the associated publication.

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  • Keywords
    • geographic range extent
    • thermal tolerance
    • latitudinal gradient
    • species distributions
    • Scincidae
    • Rapport's Rule
    • Climatic Variability Hypothesis
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    Tropical Ecosystems, Conservation and Climate Change
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    • 060604 - Comparative Physiology
    • 060302 - Biogeography and Phylogeography
    • 060306 - Evolutionary Impacts of Climate Change
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    • 970106 - Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
    • 960805 - Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales
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      Name Rapoport’s Rule: do climatic variability gradients shape range extent?
    • URL http://www.esajournals.org/doi/abs/10.1890/14-1510.1
    • Notes The dat set includes underlying raw data as well as specific data sets for analyses and figures in the associated publication.
    • Name How Fundamental is a Niche? Climate Driven Patterns in Physiological Trait Variation in a Clade of Australian Skinks Delineate Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Ecotherms at Taxonomically and Geographically Broader Scales.
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    • Notes PhD thesis - to be published.
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      Name Williams K. J., S. Ferrier, D. Rosauer, D. Yeates, G. Manion, T. Harwood, J. Stein, D. P. Faith, T. Laity, and A. Whalen. 2010. Harnessing Continent-Wide Biodiversity Datasets for Prioritising National Conservation Investment: 1. Main Report. CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences, Canberra.
    • URL https://publications.csiro.au/rpr/pub?list=BRO&pid=csiro:EP102983
    • Notes Climate layers accessed through the webpage of the Atlas of Living Australia (www.ala.org.au/).
    • Name Hijmans, R. J., S. E. Cameron, J. L. Parra, P. G. Jones and A. Jarvis, 2005. Very high resolution interpolated climate surfaces for global land areas. International Journal of Climatology 25: 1965-1978.
    • URL http://www.worldclim.org/bioclim
    • Notes WorldClim data accessed through the webpage of the Atlas of Living Australia (www.ala.org.au/). Also accessible via the WorldClim website (http://www.worldclim.org/).
    • Name Distribution Records available through the Atlas of Living Australia
    • URL http://spatial.ala.org.au/
    • Notes Distribution Records of included species, accessed through the webpage of the Atlas of Living Australia (www.ala.org.au/, October 2011).
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      James Cook University
      Anna Pintor
      Atlas of Living Australia
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      CSIRO
    Citation Pintor, Anna; Krockenberger, Andrew; Schwarzkopf, Linda (2015): Tests of the Climatic Variability Hypothesis in Australian Skinks. James Cook University. https://doi.org/10.4225/28/5536F28D28A5E