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Low genetic variation in cold tolerance linked to species distributions in butterflies

Jonathan MP Davis, Belinda van Heerwaarden, Carla M Sgro, Jennifer A Donald, Darrell J Kemp



Species with restricted distributions make up the vast majority of biodiversity. Recent evidence from Drosophila suggests that species with restricted distributions may simply lack genetic variation in key traits, limiting their ability to adapt to conditions beyond their current range. Specifically, tropical species of Drosophila have been shown to have low means and low genetic variation for cold tolerance and desiccation tolerance. It has therefore been predicted that these species will be limited in their response to future climatic changes. However whether these results extend beyond Drosophila is not known. We assess levels of quantitative genetic variation for cold tolerance and body ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank Ary Hoffmann for comments on an earlier version of this manuscript. We also thank two anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments. This study was supported by funding from the Australian Research Council via its Fellowship and Discovery Project schemes, and from the Science and Industry Engagement Fund. Macquarie University and Monash University provided additional financial support.