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Climatic impacts on invertebrates as food for vertebrates

Thomas, Robert J. ORCID:, Vafidis, James O. and Medeiros Mirra, Renata J. 2017. Climatic impacts on invertebrates as food for vertebrates. Jones, T. Hefin and Johnson, Scott N., eds. Global Climate Change and Terrestrial Invertebrates, Chichester: Wiley, pp. 295-316. (10.1002/9781119070894.ch15)

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This chapter addresses the role of invertebrates as food resources for vertebrates, in the context of climate impacts across trophic levels. It outlines the major classes of responses to climate change that have been widely observed among vertebrates over recent decades: changes in abundance, changes in distribution, and changes in the timing of biological events. Changes in abundance at the local level can include instances of local extinction, and several instances, across a range of ecosystems, can be attributed to climate‐driven changes in trophic resources. Examples of global extinction that can be directly attributed to climate change are even more scarce than examples of local or regional extinction. Distributional changes can be manifested as horizontal geographical, or vertical, altitudinal and depth shifts, and invertebrate prey resources have been implicated in each of these contexts in a range of ecosystems.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Publisher: Wiley
ISBN: 9781119070894
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 07:34

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