CSIRO Publishing blank image blank image blank image blank imageBooksblank image blank image blank image blank imageJournalsblank image blank image blank image blank imageAbout Usblank image blank image blank image blank imageShopping Cartblank image blank image blank image You are here: Journals > Marine and Freshwater Research   
Marine and Freshwater Research
Journal Banner
  Advances in the aquatic sciences
blank image Search
blank image blank image
blank image
  Advanced Search

Journal Home
About the Journal
Editorial Structure
Online Early
Current Issue
Just Accepted
All Issues
Special Issues
Research Fronts
Virtual Issues
Sample Issue
For Authors
General Information
Submit Article
Author Instructions
Open Access
For Referees
General Information
Review an Article
Referee Guidelines
For Subscribers
Subscription Prices
Customer Service
Print Publication Dates
Library Recommendation

blue arrow e-Alerts
blank image
Subscribe to our Email Alert or RSS feeds for the latest journal papers.

red arrow Connect with us
blank image
facebook twitter logo LinkedIn


Article << Previous     |         Contents Vol 66(1)

Using biomimetic loggers to measure interspecific and microhabitat variation in body temperatures of rocky intertidal invertebrates

Justin A. Lathlean A C, David J. Ayre A, Ross A. Coleman B and Todd E. Minchinton A

A Institute for Conservation Biology and Environmental Management & School of Biological Sciences, University of Wollongong, NSW 2522, Australia.
B Centre for Research on Ecological Impacts of Coastal Cities, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia.
C Corresponding author. Email: jlathlean@gmail.com

Marine and Freshwater Research 66(1) 86-94 http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF13287
Submitted: 1 November 2013  Accepted: 13 March 2014   Published: 26 November 2014

PDF (754 KB) $25
 Export Citation

Until recently, marine scientists have relied heavily on satellite sea surface temperatures and terrestrial weather stations as indicators of the way in which the thermal environment, and hence the body temperatures of organisms, vary over spatial and temporal scales. We designed biomimetic temperature loggers for three species of rocky intertidal invertebrates to determine whether mimic body temperatures differ from the external environment and among species and microhabitats. For all three species, microhabitat temperatures were considerably higher than the body temperatures, with differences as great as 11.1°C on horizontal rocky substrata. Across microhabitats, daily maximal temperatures of the limpet Cellana tramoserica were on average 2.1 and 3.1°C higher than body temperatures of the whelk Dicathais orbita and the barnacle Tesseropora rosea respectively. Among-microhabitat variation in each species’ temperature was equally as variable as differences among species within microhabitats. Daily maximal body temperatures of barnacles placed on southerly facing vertical rock surfaces were on average 2.4°C cooler than those on horizontal rock. Likewise, daily maximal body temperatures of whelks were on average 3.1°C cooler within shallow rock pools than on horizontal rock. Our results provide new evidence that unique thermal properties and microhabitat preferences may be important determinants of species’ capacity to cope with climate change.

Additional keywords: Australia, barnacle, Cellana tramoserica, climate change, Dicathais orbita, habitat temperature, limpet, Tesseropora rosea, whelk.


Broitman, B. R., Szathmary, P. L., Mislan, K. A. S., Blanchette, C. A., and Helmuth, B. (2009). Predator-prey interactions under climate change: the importance of habitat vs body temperature. Oikos 118, 219–224.
CrossRef |

Caddy-Retalic, S., Benkendorff, K., and Fairweather, P. G. (2011). Visualizing hotspots: Applying thermal imaging to monitor internal temperatures in intertidal gastropods. Molluscan Research 31, 106–113.

Chapman, M. G. (1994). Small-scale patterns of distribution and size-structure of the intertidal littorinid Littorina unifasciata (Gastropoda: Littorinidae) in New South Wales. Australian Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 45, 635–652.
CrossRef |

Chapperon, C., and Seuront, L. (2011a). Space-time variability in environmental thermal properties and snail thermoregulatory behaviour. Functional Ecology 25, 1040–1050.
CrossRef |

Chapperon, C., and Seuront, L. (2011b). Behavioral thermoregulation in a tropical gastropod: Links to climate change scenarios. Global Change Biology 17, 1740–1749.
CrossRef |

Chapperon, C., and Seuront, L. (2012). Keeping warm in the cold: On the thermal benefits of aggregation behaviour in an intertidal ectotherm. Journal of Thermal Biology 37, 640–647.
CrossRef |

Cox, T. E., and Smith, C. M. (2011). Thermal ecology on an exposed algal reef: infrared imagery a rapid tool to survey temperature at local spatial scales. Coral Reefs 30, 1109–1120.
CrossRef |

Creese, R. G. (1982). Distribution and abundance of the Acmaeid Limpet, Patelloida latistrigata and its interaction with barnacles. Oecologia 52, 85–96.
CrossRef |

Denley, E. J., and Underwood, A. J. (1979). Experiments on factors influencing settlement, survival, and growth of two species of barnacles in New South Wales. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 36, 269–293.
CrossRef |

Denny, M. W., and Harley, C. D. G. (2006). Hot limpets: predicting body temperature in a conductance-mediated thermal system. The Journal of Experimental Biology 209, 2409–2419.
CrossRef | PubMed |

Denny, M., and Helmuth, B. (2009). Confronting the physiological bottleneck: A challenge from ecomechanics. Integrative and Comparative Biology 49, 197–201.
CrossRef | PubMed |

Denny, M. W., Helmuth, B., Leonard, G. H., Harley, C. D. G., Hunt, L. J. H., and Nelson, E. K. (2004). Quantifying scale in ecology: Lessons from a wave-swept shore. Ecological Monographs 74, 513–532.
CrossRef |

Denny, M. W., Dowd, W. W., Bilir, L., and Mach, K. J. (2011). Spreading the risk: Small-scale body temperature variation among intertidal organisms and its implications for species persistence. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 400, 175–190.
CrossRef |

Fairweather, P. G. (1988a). Correlations of predatory whelks with intertidal prey at several scales of space and time. Marine Ecology Progress Series 45, 237–243.
CrossRef |

Fairweather, P. G. (1988b). Movements of intertidal whelks (Morula marginalba and Thais orbita) in relation to availability of prey and shelter. Marine Biology 100, 63–68.
CrossRef |

Fitzhenry, T., Halpin, P. M., and Helmuth, B. (2004). Testing the effects of wave exposure, site, and behavior on intertidal mussel body temperatures: applications and limits of temperature logger design. Marine Biology 145, 339–349.
CrossRef |

Harley, C. D. G. (2008). Tidal dynamics, topographic orientation, and temperature-mediated mass mortalities on rocky shores. Marine Ecology Progress Series 371, 37–46.
CrossRef |

Helmuth, B. (2002). How do we measure the environment? Linking intertidal thermal physiology and ecology through biophysics. Integrative and Comparative Biology 42, 837–845.
CrossRef | PubMed |

Helmuth, B., Broitman, B. R., Blanchette, C. A., Gilman, S. E., Halpin, P. M., Harley, C. D. G., O’Donnell, M., Hoffmann, A. A., Menge, B. A., and Strickland, D. (2006a). Mosaic patterns of thermal stress in the rocky intertidal zone: implications for climate change. Ecological Monographs 76, 461–479.
CrossRef |

Helmuth, B., Mieszkowska, N., Moore, P., and Hawkins, S. J. (2006b). Living on the edge of two changing worlds: forecasting the responses of rocky intertidal ecosystems to climate change. Annual Review of Ecology Evolution and Systematics 37, 373–404.
CrossRef |

Hidas, E. Z., Russell, K. G., Ayre, D. J., and Minchinton, T. E. (2013). Abundance of Tesseropora rosea at the margins of its biogeographic range is closely linked to recruitment, but not fecundity. Marine Ecology Progress Series 483, 199–208.
CrossRef |

Jernakoff, P. (1983). Factors affecting the recruitment of algae in a midshore region dominated by barnacles. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 67, 17–31.
CrossRef |

Kordas, R. L., Harley, C. D. G., and O'Connor, M. I. (2011). Community ecology in a warming world: The influence of temperature on interspecific interactions in marine systems. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 400, 218–226.
CrossRef |

Lathlean, J. A., and Minchinton, T. E. (2012). Manipulating thermal stress on rocky shores to predict patterns of recruitment of marine invertebrates under a changing climate. Marine Ecology Progress Series 467, 121–136.
CrossRef |

Lathlean, J. A., Ayre, D. J., and Minchinton, T. E. (2012). Using infrared imagery to test for quadrat-level temperature variation and effects on the early life history of a rocky-shore barnacle. Limnology and Oceanography 57, 1279–1291.
CrossRef |

Lathlean, J. A., Ayre, D. J., and Minchinton, T. E. (2013). Temperature variability at the larval scale affects early survival and growth of an intertidal barnacle. Marine Ecology Progress Series 475, 155–166.
CrossRef |

Lima, F. P., and Wethey, D. S. (2009). Robolimpets: measuring intertidal body temperatures using biomimetic loggers. Limnology and Oceanography, Methods 7, 347–353.
CrossRef |

Meager, J. J., Schlacher, T. A., and Green, M. (2011). Topographic complexity and landscape temperature patterns create a dynamic habitat structure on a rocky intertidal shore. Marine Ecology Progress Series 428, 1–12.
CrossRef |

Phillips, B. F., and Campbell, N. A. (1974). Mortality and longevity in the whelk Dicathais orbita (Gmelin). Australian Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 25, 25–33.
CrossRef |

Pincebourde, S., Sanford, E., and Helmuth, B. (2008). Body temperatures during low tide alters the feeding performance of a top intertidal predator. Limnology and Oceanography 53, 1562–1573.
CrossRef |

Russell, B. D., Harley, C. D. G., Wernberg, T., Mieszkowska, N., Widdicombe, S., Hall-Spencer, J. M., and Connell, S. D. (2012). Predicting ecosystem shifts requires new approaches that integrate the effects of climate change across entire systems. Biology Letters 8, 164–166.
CrossRef | PubMed |

Seabra, R., Wethey, D. S., Santos, A. M., and Lima, F. P. (2011). Side matters: Microhabitat influence on intertidal heat stress over a large geographical scale. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 400, 200–208.

Somero, G. N. (2010). The physiology of climate change: how potentials for acclimatization and genetic adaptation will determine “winners” and “losers”. The Journal of Experimental Biology 213, 912–920.
| CAS | PubMed |

Szathmary, P. L., Helmuth, B., and Wethey, D. S. (2009). Climate change in the rocky intertidal zone: predicting and measuring the body temperature of a keystone predator. Marine Ecology Progress Series 374, 43–56.
CrossRef |

Tomanek, L. (2008). The importance of physiological limits in determining biogeographical range shifts to global change: the heat-shock response. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 81, 709–717.
CrossRef | CAS | PubMed |

Underwood, A. J., Denley, E. J., and Moran, M. J. (1983). Experimental analyses of the structure and dynamics of mid-shore rocky intertidal communities in New South Wales. Oecologia 56, 202–219.
CrossRef |

Wernberg, T., Russell, B. D., Moore, P. J., Ling, S. D., Smale, D. A., Campbell, A., Coleman, M. A., Steinberg, P. D., Kendrick, G. A., and Connell, S. D. (2011). Impacts of climate change in a global hotspot for temperate marine biodiversity and ocean warming. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 400, 7–16.
CrossRef |

Subscriber Login

Legal & Privacy | Contact Us | Help


© CSIRO 1996-2016