Climate change may drive cave spiders to extinction

  title={Climate change may drive cave spiders to extinction},
  author={Stefano Mammola and Sara L. Goodacre and Marco Isaia},
Subterranean ecosystems present ideal opportunities to study mechanisms underlying responses to changes in climate because species within them are often adapted to a largely constant temperature. We have characterized the thermal conditions of caves in the western Alps, and related these hypogean climate data to the occurrence of Troglohyphantes spiders (Araneae, Linyphiidae). Our data indicated that present distributions reflect Pleistocene glaciation events and also pointed to specific… 

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    Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
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