Journal article

PHYLOGENETIC CONSTRAINTS IN KEY FUNCTIONAL TRAITS BEHIND SPECIES' CLIMATE NICHES: PATTERNS OF DESICCATION AND COLD RESISTANCE ACROSS 95 DROSOPHILA SPECIES

Vanessa Kellermann, Volker Loeschcke, Ary A Hoffmann, Torsten Nygaard Kristensen, Camilla Flojgaard, Jean R David, Jens-Christian Svenning, Johannes Overgaard

EVOLUTION | WILEY | Published : 2012

Abstract

Species distributions are often constrained by climatic tolerances that are ultimately determined by evolutionary history and/or adaptive capacity, but these factors have rarely been partitioned. Here, we experimentally determined two key climatic niche traits (desiccation and cold resistance) for 92-95 Drosophila species and assessed their importance for geographic distributions, while controlling for acclimation, phylogeny, and spatial autocorrelation. Employing an array of phylogenetic analyses, we documented moderate-to-strong phylogenetic signal in both desiccation and cold resistance. Desiccation and cold resistance were clearly linked to species distributions because significant assoc..

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