Dietary fats and body lipid composition in relation to hibernation in free-ranging echidnas

Abstract

Laboratory studies have shown that high levels of dietary unsaturated fatty acids prolong torpor and lower body temperatures in hibernating herbivorous rodents, which may in turn improve winter survival. The importance of nutritional ecology in relation to hibernation in insectivorous hibernators is unknown. We therefore studied fatty acid composition of… (More)
DOI: 10.1007/s003600000157

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