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Metabolic plasticity improves lobster’s resilience to ocean warming but not to climate-driven novel species interactions


Oellermann, M and Fitzgibbon, QP and Twiname, S and Pecl, GT, Metabolic plasticity improves lobster's resilience to ocean warming but not to climate-driven novel species interactions, Scientific Reports, 12, (1) Article 4412. ISSN 2045-2322 (2022) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1038/s41598-022-08208-x


Marine species not only suffer from direct effects of warming oceans but also indirectly via the emergence of novel species interactions. While metabolic adjustments can be crucial to improve resilience to warming, it is largely unknown if this improves performance relative to novel competitors. We aimed to identify if spiny lobsters—inhabiting a global warming and species re-distribution hotspot—align their metabolic performance to improve resilience to both warming and novel species interactions. We measured metabolic and escape capacity of two Australian spiny lobsters, resident Jasus edwardsii and the range-shifting Sagmariasus verreauxi, acclimated to current average—(14.0 °C), current summer—(17.5 °C) and projected future summer—(21.5 °C) habitat temperatures. We found that both species decreased their standard metabolic rate with increased acclimation temperature, while sustaining their scope for aerobic metabolism. However, the resident lobster showed reduced anaerobic escape performance at warmer temperatures and failed to match the metabolic capacity of the range-shifting lobster. We conclude that although resident spiny lobsters optimise metabolism in response to seasonal and future temperature changes, they may be unable to physiologically outperform their range-shifting competitors. This highlights the critical importance of exploring direct as well as indirect effects of temperature changes to understand climate change impacts.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Jasus edwardsii, Sagmariasus verreauxi, spiny lobsters, species re-distribution, range shift, thermal acclimation, metabolic rate, phenotypic plasticity
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Ecological physiology
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - wild caught
Objective Field:Wild caught rock lobster
UTAS Author:Oellermann, M (Dr Michael Oellermann)
UTAS Author:Fitzgibbon, QP (Associate Professor Quinn Fitzgibbon)
UTAS Author:Twiname, S (Ms Samantha Twiname)
UTAS Author:Pecl, GT (Professor Gretta Pecl)
ID Code:149454
Year Published:2022
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2022-03-31
Last Modified:2022-10-26
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