Discontinuous gas exchange and the significance of respiratory water loss in Scarabaeine beetles.

  title={Discontinuous gas exchange and the significance of respiratory water loss in Scarabaeine beetles.},
  author={Steven L. Chown and Adrian L V Davis},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  volume={206 Pt 20},
Respiratory water loss in insects is a controversial topic. Whilst earlier studies considered respiratory transpiration a significant component of overall water loss, to the extent that it was thought to be responsible not only for the evolution of discontinuous gas exchange cycles (DGCs) but also for variation in DGC patterns, later work repeatedly questioned its importance. In particular, investigations of the proportional contribution of respiratory transpiration to total water loss in… CONTINUE READING

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