Phylogenetic constraints in key functional traits behind species' climate niches: patterns of desiccation and cold resistance across 95 Drosophila species.

@article{Kellermann2012PhylogeneticCI,
  title={Phylogenetic constraints in key functional traits behind species' climate niches: patterns of desiccation and cold resistance across 95 Drosophila species.},
  author={Vanessa Kellermann and Volker Loeschcke and A. A. J. Hoffmann and Torsten Nygaard Kristensen and Camilla Fl\ojgaard and Jean Robert David and Jens-Christian Svenning and Johannes Overgaard},
  journal={Evolution; international journal of organic evolution},
  year={2012},
  volume={66 11},
  pages={3377-89}
}
Species distributions are often constrained by climatic tolerances that are ultimately determined by evolutionary history and/or adaptive capacity, but these factors have rarely been partitioned. Here, we experimentally determined two key climatic niche traits (desiccation and cold resistance) for 92-95 Drosophila species and assessed their importance for geographic distributions, while controlling for acclimation, phylogeny, and spatial autocorrelation. Employing an array of phylogenetic… CONTINUE READING
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