Gastropod Thermal Biology and Climate Change in the Tropics

There is pressing need to understand and predict the responses of ectotherm animals to climate change, to allow management decisions, to preserve biodiversity and ecosystem services. Gastropods (snails) have a unique ecology and physiology, and thus are likely to respond in a unique way to future warming. They occupy a range of variable and extreme thermal habitats, which presents an opportunity to develop an alternative model system for understanding ectotherm responses to climate change. Empirical tests of hypotheses using this alternative system are facilitated by Brunei’s extraordinarily high diversity of gastropods inhabiting marine, mangrove and freshwater systems.

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