Metabolic physiology of euthermic and torpid honey possums, Tarsipes rostratus

P. C. Withers, R. D. Wooller

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Abstract

Euthermic honey possums have a higher body temperature, basal metabolic rate and wet thermal conductance than other marsupials of similar mass. They enter torpor when cold-stressed and deprived of food. The ecological reasons for the pattern of deep torpor and the apparent absence of multi-day torpor may be related to their nectarivorous diet and lack of extensive fat stores. -from Authors
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)685-693
Number of pages9
JournalAustralian Journal of Zoology
Volume37
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1990

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