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Title: Hibernation, Daily Torpor and Estivation in Mammals and Birds: Behavioral Aspects
Contributor(s): Geiser, Fritz (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2010
DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-08-045337-8.00247-3
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Abstract: Torpor is the most effective means of energy conservation available to mammals and birds. Torpor is often viewed as a state of utter inactivity devoid of any behavioral aspects. However, recent work has shown that even torpid individuals do express behaviors. Torpid mammals can move at low body temperatures from a torpor site into the sun to passively rewarm and minimize energy expenditure. Social torpor involves coordinated interaction among individuals, and some species even eat or mate while torpid. Behaviors expressed before the torpor season include selection of suitable hibernacula and storage or hoarding of appropriate and sufficient amounts of fuel.
Publication Type: Entry In Reference Work
Source of Publication: Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior, v.2: G-P, p. 77-83
Publisher: Academic Press
Place of Publication: London, United Kingdom
ISBN: 9780080453330
Field of Research (FOR): 060806 Animal Physiological Ecology
HERDC Category Description: N Entry In Reference Work
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