Data from: Weather and topography regulate the benefit of a conditionally helpful parasite

Jonathan Monsinjon, Christopher McQuaid, Katy Nicastro, Laurent Seuront, Mauricio Oróstica & Gerardo Zardi
Heat-induced mass mortalities involving ecosystem engineers may have long-lasting detrimental effects at the community level, eliminating the ecosystem services they provide. Intertidal mussels are ecologically and economically valuable with some populations facing unprecedented heat-induced mass mortalities. Critically, mussels are also frequently infested by endolithic parasites that modify shell albedo, hence reducing overheating and mortality rates under heat stress. Using a biophysical model, we explored the topographical and meteorological conditions under which endolithically-driven thermal buffering becomes...
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