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dc.contributor.authorFusi, Marco
dc.contributor.authorBabbini, Simone
dc.contributor.authorGiomi, Folco
dc.contributor.authorFratini, Sara
dc.contributor.authorDahdouh-Guebas, Farid
dc.contributor.authorDaffonchio, Daniele
dc.contributor.authorMcQuaid, Christopher David
dc.contributor.authorPorri, Francesca
dc.contributor.authorCannicci, Stefano
dc.date.accessioned2017-03-13T13:54:54Z
dc.date.available2017-03-13T13:54:54Z
dc.date.issued2017-03-09
dc.identifier.citationFusi M, Babbini S, Giomi F, Fratini S, Dahdouh-Guebas F, et al. (2017) Thermal sensitivity of the crab Neosarmatium africanum in tropical and temperate mangroves on the east coast of Africa. Hydrobiologia. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10750-017-3151-1.
dc.identifier.issn0018-8158
dc.identifier.issn1573-5117
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s10750-017-3151-1
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/622990
dc.description.abstractMangrove forests are amongst the tropical marine ecosystems most severely affected by rapid environmental change, and the activities of key associated macrobenthic species contribute to their ecological resilience. Along the east coast of Africa, the amphibious sesarmid crab Neosarmatium africanum (=meinerti) plays a pivotal role in mangrove ecosystem functioning through carbon cycling and sediment bioturbation. In the face of rapid climate change, identifying the sensitivity and vulnerability to global warming of this species is of increasing importance. Based on a latitudinal comparison, we measured the thermal sensitivity of a tropical and a temperate population of N. africanum, testing specimens at the centre and southern limit of its distribution, respectively. We measured metabolic oxygen consumption and haemolymph dissolved oxygen content during air and water breathing within a temperature range that matched the natural environmental conditions. The results indicate different thermal sensitivities in the physiological responses of N. africanum from tropical and temperate populations, especially during air breathing. The differences observed in the thermal physiology between the two populations suggest that the effect of global warming on this important mangrove species may be different under different climate regimes.
dc.description.sponsorshipThe study was supported by SP3-People (Marie Curie) IRSES Project CREC (No. 247514). FG was funded by the Intra-European Fellowship (ex Marie Curie) Number 221017, FP7. This work is based upon research supported by the South African Research Chairs Initiative of the Department of Science and Technology and the National Research Foundation. MF and DD were supported also by DD baseline funding from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). We thank Jenny Marie Booth, Sara Cilio, Bruce Mostert, Laura Sbaragli and Irene Ortolani for fundamental help during Kenyan and South African laboratory and fieldwork.
dc.publisherSpringer Nature
dc.relation.urlhttp://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10750-017-3151-1
dc.rightsThe final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10750-017-3151-1
dc.subjectSesarmidae
dc.subjectDecapods
dc.subjectTropical and temperate wetlands
dc.subjectOxygen consumption
dc.subjectHaemolymph
dc.subjectPhysiology
dc.subjectPopulations
dc.titleThermal sensitivity of the crab Neosarmatium africanum in tropical and temperate mangroves on the east coast of Africa
dc.typeArticle
dc.contributor.departmentBiological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division
dc.contributor.departmentBioscience Program
dc.identifier.journalHydrobiologia
dc.eprint.versionPost-print
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Biology, University of Florence, Sesto Fiorentino, Italy
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Agronomy Food Natural resources Animals and Environment (DAFNAE), University of Padova, Legnaro, Italy
dc.contributor.institutionLaboratory of Systems Ecology and Resource Management, Department of Organism Biology, Faculty of Sciences, Université Libre de Bruxelles – ULB, Brussels, Belgium
dc.contributor.institutionEcology & Biodiversity, Laboratorium voor Algemene Plantkunde en Natuurbeheer (APNA), Department of Biology, Faculty of Sciences and Bio-engineering Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Brussel – VUB, Brussels, Belgium
dc.contributor.institutionCoastal Research Group, Department of Zoology and Entomology, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa
dc.contributor.institutionSouth African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB), Somerset Street, 6139, South Africa
dc.contributor.institutionThe Swire Institute of Marine Science and The School of Biological Sciences, The University of Hong Kong, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong
kaust.personFusi, Marco
kaust.personDaffonchio, Daniele
refterms.dateFOA2018-03-09T00:00:00Z
dc.date.published-online2017-03-09
dc.date.published-print2017-11


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