Object structure

Title:

Evidence for spontaneous torpor in Crocidura flavescens

Creator:

Baxter, R. M.

Place of publishing:

Białowieża

Date issued/created:

1996

Description:

Periods of no activity between 02.00 and 10.00 and lasting for up 7 h 40 min are reported for two captive Crocidura flavescens (I. Geoffroy, 1827). During on of the these periods, the weight specific energy requirement of the shrew dropped to 25.1% of the usual, indicating a period of spontaneous torpor. Nest-box temperatures also drop during the periods of prolonged inactivity suggesting a lowered body temperature. Data for a younger animal suggest shorter periods of torpor. The timing of the torpor spans the coldest period of the day when the animal would expend most energy maintaining a constans body temperature.

Subject and Keywords:

Crocidura flavescens ; energy expenditure ; Soricidae ; spontaneous torpor ; letarg ; Ryjówkowate ; odrętwienie

Relation:

Acta Theriologica

Volume:

41

Issue:

3

Start page:

327

End page:

330

Resource Type:

Article

Format:

PDF

Resource Identifier:

10.4098/AT.arch.96-31

Source:

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Language:

eng ; Sum. eng.

Rights:

Rights Reserved - Free Access

Terms of use:

Copyright-protected material. May be used within the limits of statutory user freedoms

Digitizing institution:

Mammal Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Original in:

Library of the Mammal Research Institute Polish Academy of Sciences

Projects co-financed by:

Programme Innovative Economy, 2010-2014, Priority Axis 2. R&D infrastructure ; European Union. European Regional Development Fund