Xin HAO,Shiang TAO,Yu MENG,et al.Thermal Biology of Cold-climate Distributed Heilongjiang Grass Lizard, Takydromus amurensis[J].Asian Herpetological Research(AHR),2020,11(4):350-359.[doi:10.16373/j.cnki.ahr.200020]
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Thermal Biology of Cold-climate Distributed Heilongjiang Grass Lizard, Takydromus amurensis
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Thermal Biology of Cold-climate Distributed Heilongjiang Grass Lizard, Takydromus amurensis
Xin HAO12 Shiang TAO3 Yu MENG1 Jingyang LIU4 Luoxin CUI1 Wanli LIU1 Baojun SUN2 Peng LIU1*# and Wenge ZHAO1*#
1 College of Life Science and Technology, Harbin Normal University, Harbin 150025, Heilongjiang, China
Key Laboratory of Animal Ecology and Conservation Biology, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
College of Chemistry and Life sciences, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua 321004, Zhejiang, China
School of Chemical Engineering, University of Science and Technology Liaoning, Anshan 114051, Liaoning, China
counter gradient CTmax CTmin thermal biological trait thermal tolerance range Tsel Takydromus
Thermal biology traits reflect thermal adaptations to an environment and can be used to infer responses to climate warming in animal species. Within a widespread genus or species, assessing the latitudinal or altitudinal gradient of thermal physiological traits is essential to reveal thermal adaptations and determine future vulnerability to climate warming geographically. We determined the thermal biology traits of a cold-climate distributed lizard, Takydromus amurensis, and integrated published thermal biology traits within the genus Takydromus to reveal a preliminary geographical pattern in thermal adaptation. The mean selected body temperature (cloaca temperature; Tsel), critical thermal maximum (CTmax), critical thermal minimum (CTmin), and optimal temperature for locomotion (i.e., sprint speed; Topt) of T. amurensis were 32.6, 45.1, 3.1, and 33.4 °C, respectively. The resting metabolic rates of T. amurensis were positively related to temperature from 18 °C to 38 °C. We compared the traits of tropical T. sexlineatus, subtropical T. septentrionalis, and T. wolteri with T. amurensis and found that the CTmax and thermal tolerance range (the difference between CTmax and CTmin; TTR) increased toward high latitudes, whereas CTmin increased toward low latitudes in these four Takydromus lizards. According to this preliminary pattern, we speculate the species at medium and low latitudes would be more vulnerable to extreme heat events caused by ongoing climate warming. We highlight the importance of integrating thermal biology traits along geographical clues, and its potential contribution to uate the vulnerabilities of species in the context of climate warming.


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