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Data from: Distinct body-size responses to warming climate in three rodent species

Citation

Li, Ke et al. (2022), Data from: Distinct body-size responses to warming climate in three rodent species, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.np5hqbzrx

Abstract

In mammals, body-size responses to warming climates are diverse, and the mechanisms underlying these differentresponses have been little investigated. Using temporal and spatial datasets of three rodent species distributed across different climatic zones in China, we investigated temporal and spatial trends of body size (length and mass), identified the critical drivers of these trends, and inferred the potential causes underlying the distinct body-size responses to the critical drivers. We found that body mass of all species remained stable over time and across space. Body length, however, increased in one species over time and in two species across space. Generally, body-length variation was predicted best by minimum ambient temperature. Moreover, in two species, body length changed linearly with temperature differences between ancestral and colonisation areas. These distinct temperaturelength patterns may jointly be caused by species-specific temperature sensitivities and experienced magnitudes of warming. We hypothesise that species or populations distributed across distinct temperature gradients evolved different intrinsic temperature sensitivities, which affect how their body sizes respond to warming climates. Our results suggest that size trends associated with climate change should be explored at higher temporal and spatial resolutions and include clades of species with similar distributions.

Methods

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