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Thermal dependency of burrowing in three species within the bivalve genus Laternula: a latitudinal comparison
Morley, S.A.; Tan, K.S.; Day, R.W.; Martin, S.M.; Pörtner, H.-O.; Peck, L.S. (2009). Thermal dependency of burrowing in three species within the bivalve genus Laternula: a latitudinal comparison. Mar. Biol. (Berl.) 156(10): 1977-1984. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s00227-009-1228-8
In: Marine Biology. Springer: Heidelberg; Berlin. ISSN 0025-3162, more
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  • Morley, S.A.
  • Tan, K.S.
  • Day, R.W.
  • Martin, S.M.
  • Pörtner, H.-O.
  • Peck, L.S.

Abstract
    The upper thermal limits for burrowing and survival were compared with micro-habitat temperature for anomalodesmatan clams: Laternula elliptica (Antarctica, 67°S); Laternula recta, (temperate Australia, 38°S) and Laternula truncata (tropical Singapore, 1°N). Lethal limits (LT50) were higher than burrowing limits (BT50) in L. elliptica (7.5–9.0 and 2.2°C) and L. recta (winter, 32.8–36.8 and 31.1–32.8°C) but the same range for L. truncata (33.0–35.0 and 33.4–34.9°C). L. elliptica and L. truncata had a BT50 0.4 and 2.4–3.9°C, respectively, above their maximum experienced temperature. L. recta, which experience solar heating during midday low tides, had a BT50 0.7–2.4°C below and a range for LT50 that spanned their predicted environmental maximum (33.5°C). L. recta showed no seasonal difference in LT50 or BT50. Our single genus comparisons contrast with macrophysiological studies showing that temperate species cope better with elevated temperatures.

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