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Title: Summer torpor in a free-ranging bat from subtropical Australia
Contributor(s): Turbill, Christopher (author); Law, Bradley S (author); Geiser, Fritz  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2003
DOI: 10.1016/S0306-4565(02)00067-0
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Abstract: It is widely believed that torpor is mainly an adaptation of endotherms for cold stress and food limitation. We studied torpor use in the wild by a small tree-roosting microbat from a sub-tropical area during summer when food was abundant. Surprisingly, two torpor bouts per day were employed on each roost-day observed. The first bout occurred in the early morning and the second bout in the late afternoon, whilst a period of normothermia was maintained over the warmest part of the day. Torpor likely reduced energy expenditure substantially, and may be common in small microbats whose day-roosts are poorly insulated, even in sub-tropical climates.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Thermal Biology, 28(3), p. 223-226
Publisher: Elsevier
Place of Publication: Oxford, United Kingdom
ISSN: 0306-4565
Field of Research (FOR): 060208 Terrestrial Ecology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 969999 Environment not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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