An Intertidal Sea Star Adjusts Thermal Inertia to Avoid Extreme Body Temperatures

  title={An Intertidal Sea Star Adjusts Thermal Inertia to Avoid Extreme Body Temperatures},
  author={Sylvain Pincebourde and Eric Sanford and Brian Helmuth},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  pages={890 - 897}
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