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Article

Publication Date

2010

Publication Title

PLOS One

Volume

5

Issue

8

Abstract

Significant shifts in climate are considered a threat to plants and animals with significant physiological limitations and limited dispersal abilities. The southern Appalachian Mountains are a global hotspot for plethodontid salamander diversity. Plethodontids are lungless ectotherms, so their ecology is strongly governed by temperature and precipitation. Many plethodontid species in southern Appalachia exist in high elevation habitats that may be at or near their thermal maxima, and may also have limited dispersal abilities across warmer valley bottoms.

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Author Posting © 2010, Public Library of Science. This article is posted here by permission of Public Library of Science for personal use, not for redistribution. The article was published in PloS One, Volume 5, Issue 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0012189

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