[1].Macroecological Patterns of Climatic Niche Breadth Variation in Lacertid Lizards[J].Asian Herpetological Research,2019,10(1):41-47.[doi:10.16373/j.cnki.ahr.180034]
 Mengchao FANG,Xiaming ZHU,Yu DU,et al.Macroecological Patterns of Climatic Niche Breadth Variation in Lacertid Lizards[J].Asian Herpetological Research(AHR),2019,10(1):41-47.[doi:10.16373/j.cnki.ahr.180034]

Macroecological Patterns of Climatic Niche Breadth Variation in Lacertid Lizards()

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Macroecological Patterns of Climatic Niche Breadth Variation in Lacertid Lizards
Mengchao FANG1 Xiaming ZHU1 Yu DU2 Lin ZHANG1 and Longhui LIN1*
1 Hangzhou Key Lab for Ecosystem Protection and Restoration, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, Hangzhou Normal University, Hangzhou 310036, China
2 Hainan Key Lab for Herpetological Research, College of Fisheries and Life Science, Hainan Tropical Ocean University, Sanya 572022, China
Macroecological pattern climatic niche breadth climatic niche position Lacertidae
Measuring climatic niche position and breadth may help to determine where species can occur over space and time. Using GIS-based and phylogenetic comparative methods, we investigated global patterns of variation in climatic niche breadth in lacertid lizards to test the following three hypotheses about climatic niche widths. First, does a species’ temperature or precipitation niche breadth relate to its temperature or precipitation niche position (the mean value of annual mean temperature or annual precipitation across sampled localities in the range of each species)? Second, are there trade-offs between a species’ temperature niche breadth and precipitation niche breadth? Third, does a species’ temperature or precipitation niche breadth relate to altitude or latitude? We expect that: (1) species distributed in cold regions are specialized for low-temperature environments (i.e. narrow niche breadth center around low temperatures); (2) a negative relationship between species niche breadth on temperature and precipitation axes according to the trade-off hypothesis (i.e. species that tolerate a broad range of precipitation regimes cannot also tolerate a broad range of temperatures); (3) precipitation niche breadth decreases with altitude or latitude, whereas temperature climatic niche breadth increases with altitude or latitude. Based on the analytical results we found that: (1) temperature niche breadth and position are negatively related, while precipitation niche breadth and position are positively related; (2) there is no trade-off between temperature and precipitation niche breadths; and (3) temperature niche breadth and latitude/altitude are positively related, but precipitation niche breadth and latitude/altitude are not significantly related. Our results show many similarities with previous studies on climatic niche widths reported for amphibians and lizards, which provide further evidence that such macroecological patterns of variation in climatic niche breadths may be widespread.


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