Adaptation by the Arctic Fox ( Alopex lagopus ) to the Polar Winter

@article{Prestrud1991AdaptationBT,
  title={Adaptation by the Arctic Fox ( Alopex lagopus ) to the Polar Winter},
  author={P{\"a}l Prestrud},
  journal={Arctic},
  year={1991},
  volume={44},
  pages={132-138}
}
In this article physiological, behavioural and morphological adaptations by the arctic fox to low temperatures and food scarcity in winter are discussed. The arctic fox ( Alopex lagopus ) adapts to the low polar winter temperatures as a result of the excellent insulative properties of its fur. Among mammals, the arctic fox has the best insulative fur of all. The lower critical temperature is below -40 degrees C, and consequently increased metabolic rate to maintain homeothermy is not needed… Expand
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