Data from: Snail shell colour evolution in urban heat islands detected via citizen science

  • Niels A.G. Kerstes (Creator)
  • Thijmen Breeschoten (Creator)
  • Vincent J. Kalkman (Creator)
  • Menno Schilthuizen (Creator)

Dataset

Description

The extreme environmental conditions that prevail in cities are known to cause selection pressures leading to adaptive changes in wild, city-dwelling, organisms (urban evolution). The urban heat island, elevated temperatures in the city centre due to a combination of generation, reflection, and trapping of heat, is one of the best recognised and most widespread urban environmental factors. Here, we use a citizen-science approach to study the effects of urban heat on genetically-determined shell colour in the land snail Cepaea nemoralis in the Netherlands. We use smartphone applications to obtain colour data on almost 8000 snails throughout the country. Our analysis shows that snails in urban centres are more likely to be yellow than pink, an effect predicted on the basis of thermal selection. Urban yellow snails are also more likely to carry dark bands at the underside of the shell; these bands might affect thermoregulation in yet underexplored ways
Date made available31 Jul 2019

Research Output

Snail shell colour evolution in urban heat islands detected via citizen science

Kerstes, N. A. G., Breeschoten, T., Kalkman, V. J. & Schilthuizen, M., 19 Jul 2019, In : Communications Biology. 2, 264.

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    Kerstes, N. A. G. (Creator), Breeschoten, T. (Creator), Kalkman, V. J. (Creator), Schilthuizen, M. (Creator) (31 Jul 2019). Data from: Snail shell colour evolution in urban heat islands detected via citizen science10.5061/dryad.7rh631v