Time of activity is a better predictor of the distribution of a tropical lizard than pure environmental temperatures

Gabriel Henrique De Oliveira Caetano, Juan Carlos Santos, Leandro Godinho, Vitor Cavalcante, Luisa Viegas, Pedro Campelo, Lidia Martins, Alan De Oliveira, Júlio Alvarenga, Helga Wiederhecker, Verônica De Novaes E Silva, Fernanda Werneck, Donald Miles, Guarino Colli & Barry Sinervo
Environmental temperatures influence ectotherms’ physiology and capacity to perform activities necessary for survival and reproduction. Time available to perform those activities is determined by thermal tolerances and environmental temperatures. Estimates of activity time might enhance our ability to predict suitable areas for species’ persistence in face of climate warming, compared to the exclusive use of environmental temperatures, without considering thermal tolerances. We compare the ability of environmental temperatures and estimates of activity time to predict...
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