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Heat tolerance and acclimation capacity in subterranean arthropods living under common and stable thermal conditions

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dc.contributor.author Pallarés, Susana
dc.contributor.author Colado, Raquel
dc.contributor.author Pérez Fernández, Toni
dc.contributor.author Wesener, Thomas
dc.contributor.author Ribera, Ignacio
dc.contributor.author Sánchez Fernández, David
dc.date.accessioned 2020-05-27T07:11:54Z
dc.date.available 2020-05-27T07:11:54Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.citation Pallarés S, Colado R, Pérez-Fernández T, Wesener T, Ribera I, Sánchez-Fernández D. Heat tolerance and acclimation capacity in subterranean arthropods living under common and stable thermal conditions. Ecol Evol. 2019; 9(24):13731-9. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.5782
dc.identifier.issn 2045-7758
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/44827
dc.description.abstract Cave-dwelling ectotherms, which have evolved for millions of years under stable thermal conditions, could be expected to have adjusted their physiological limits to the narrow range of temperatures they experience and to be highly vulnerable to global warming. However, most of the few existing studies on thermal tolerance in subterranean invertebrates highlight that despite the fact that they show lower heat tolerance than most surface-dwelling species, their upper thermal limits are generally not adjusted to ambient temperature. The question remains to what extent this pattern is common across subterranean invertebrates. We studied basal heat tolerance and its plasticity in four species of distant arthropod groups (Coleoptera, Diplopoda, and Collembola) with different evolutionary histories but under similar selection pressures, as they have been exposed to the same constant environmental conditions for a long time. Adults were exposed at different temperatures for 1 week to determine upper lethal temperatures. Then, individuals from previous sublethal treatments were transferred to a higher temperature to determine acclimation capacity. Upper lethal temperatures of three of the studied species were similar to those reported for other subterranean species (between 20 and 25°C) and widely exceeded the cave temperature (13-14°C). The diplopod species showed the highest long-term heat tolerance detected so far for a troglobiont (i.e., obligate subterranean) species (median lethal temperature after 7 days exposure: 28°C) and a positive acclimation response. Our results agree with previous studies showing that heat tolerance in subterranean species is not determined by environmental conditions. Thus, subterranean species, even those living under similar climatic conditions, might be differently affected by global warming.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Wiley-Blackwell
dc.relation.ispartof Ecol Evol. 2019; 9(24):13731-9
dc.rights © 2019 The Authors. Ecology and Evolution published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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dc.title Heat tolerance and acclimation capacity in subterranean arthropods living under common and stable thermal conditions
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ece3.5782
dc.subject.keyword Climate change
dc.subject.keyword Physiological plasticity
dc.subject.keyword Subterranean biology
dc.subject.keyword Troglobiont
dc.subject.keyword Upper lethal temperature
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