Control of breathing in the echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus) during hibernation.

  title={Control of breathing in the echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus) during hibernation.},
  author={Stewart C. Nicol and Niels A. Andersen},
  journal={Comparative biochemistry and physiology. Part A, Molecular & integrative physiology},
  volume={136 4},
Resting non-hibernating echidnas are characterised by low metabolic rates, but also have a very low respiratory frequency and a variable respiratory minute volume, often resulting in low levels of arterial O(2) and high CO(2). As the echidna lies at one physiological extreme among the hibernators, in terms of its large size and low metabolism and… CONTINUE READING