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Warm vegetarians? Heat waves and diet shifts in tadpoles

Overview of attention for article published in Ecology, November 2016
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Warm vegetarians? Heat waves and diet shifts in tadpoles
Published in
Ecology, November 2016
DOI 10.1002/ecy.1541
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B. M. Carreira, P. Segurado, G. Orizaola, N. Gonçalves, V. Pinto, A. Laurila, R. Rebelo


Temperature can play an important role in determining the feeding preferences of ectotherms. In light of the warmer temperatures arising with the current climatic changes, omnivorous ectotherms may perform diet shifts toward higher herbivory to optimize energetic intake. Such diet shifts may also occur during heat waves, which are projected to become more frequent, intense, and longer lasting in the future. Here, we investigated how heat waves of different duration affect feeding preferences in omnivorous anuran tadpoles and how these choices affect larval life history. In laboratory experiments, we fed tadpoles of three species on animal, plant, or mixed diet and exposed them to short heat waves (similar to the heat waves these species experience currently) or long heat waves (predicted to increase under climate change). We estimated the dietary choices of tadpoles fed on the mixed diet using stable isotopes and recorded tadpole survival and growth, larval period, and mass at metamorphosis. Tadpole feeding preferences were associated with their thermal background, with herbivory increasing with breeding temperature in nature. Patterns in survival, growth, and development generally support decreased efficiency of carnivorous diets and increased efficiency or higher relative quality of herbivorous diets at higher temperatures. All three species increased herbivory in at least one of the heat wave treatments, but the responses varied among species. Diet shifts toward higher herbivory were maladaptive in one species, but beneficial in the other two. Higher herbivory in omnivorous ectotherms under warmer temperatures may impact species differently and further contribute to changes in the structure and function of freshwater environments.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
France 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Unknown 100 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 29 28%
Student > Master 17 17%
Student > Ph. D. Student 16 16%
Student > Bachelor 9 9%
Other 6 6%
Other 7 7%
Unknown 18 18%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 49 48%
Environmental Science 17 17%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 2 2%
Social Sciences 2 2%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 2 2%
Other 7 7%
Unknown 23 23%
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