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Global effects of extreme temperatures on wild bumblebees


Climate plays a key role in shaping population trends and determining the geographic distribution of species because of limits in species' thermal tolerance. An evaluation of species tolerance to temperature change can therefore help predict their potential spatial shifts and population trends triggered by ongoing global warming. We assessed inter- and intraspecific variations in heat resistance in relation to body mass, local mean temperatures, and evolutionary relationships in 39 bumblebee species, a major group of pollinators in temperate and cold ecosystems, across 3 continents, 6 biomes, and 20 regions (2386 male specimens). Based on experimental bioassays, we measured the time before heat stupor of bumblebee males at a heatwave temperature of 40 degrees C. Interspecific variability was significant, in contrast to interpopulational variability, which was consistent with heat resistance being a species-specific trait. Moreover, cold-adapted species are much more sensitive to heat stress than temperate and Mediterranean species. Relative to their sensitivity to extreme temperatures, our results help explain recent population declines and range shifts in bumblebees following climate change.
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hal-03536009 , version 1 (19-01-2022)



Baptiste Martinet, Simon Dellicour, Guillaume Ghisbain, Kimberly Przybyla, Ella Zambra, et al.. Global effects of extreme temperatures on wild bumblebees. Conservation Biology, 2021, 35 (5), pp.1507-1518. ⟨10.1111/cobi.13685⟩. ⟨hal-03536009⟩
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