Body mass scaling of passive oxygen diffusion in endotherms and ectotherms.

  title={Body mass scaling of passive oxygen diffusion in endotherms and ectotherms.},
  author={James F Gillooly and Juan P G{\'o}mez and Evgeny V. Mavrodiev and Yue Rong and Eric S McLamore},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={113 19},
The area and thickness of respiratory surfaces, and the constraints they impose on passive oxygen diffusion, have been linked to differences in oxygen consumption rates and/or aerobic activity levels in vertebrates. However, it remains unclear how respiratory surfaces and associated diffusion rates vary with body mass across vertebrates, particularly in relation to the body mass scaling of oxygen consumption rates. Here we address these issues by first quantifying the body mass dependence of… CONTINUE READING

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