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Quantifying habitable water temperatures and thermal sensitivities among species functional traits of stream invertebrates
  • Hideyuki Doi,
  • John Kominoski,
  • Izumi Katano
Hideyuki Doi
Kyoto University

Corresponding Author:hideyuki.doi@icloud.com

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John Kominoski
Florida International University
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Izumi Katano
Nara Women's University
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Ectothermic species have body temperatures that reflect their environment to varying degrees. Environmental temperature drives all cellular and physiological functions, including metabolism, development, growth, migration, and reproduction. Extreme temperatures are occurring more frequently with climate change, and understanding the thermal tolerance and adaptive traits of species is critical.We hypothesized that 1) geographic location of stream ecosystems, such as elevation and latitude, influence the habitable water temperature of lotic (stream) invertebrates because the thermal habitat of species directly influences their life cycle and consequently fitness and 2) species functional traits (e.g., voltinism and feeding behavior) are influenced by habitable temperature. Here, we tested these hypotheses across diverse taxa and geographic regions using a dataset for stream invertebrates traits across North America. We showed that maximum water temperature in habitats and thermal breadth were significantly lower and narrower across streams ranging in elevation, from 0 to 3000 m, suggesting that invertebrate taxa across various elevations are less tolerant of warmer water temperature. Also, we identified thermal sensitivity differences among species traits, especially functional feeding group traits, as these are related to habitat selection in stream ecosystems. Our synthesis suggests that elevation and species traits can help predict thermal breadth and thermal tolerance for different species under a changing climate.
24 Feb 2023Submitted to Oikos
27 Feb 2023Assigned to Editor
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