Fat and fed: frequent use of summer torpor in a subtropical bat

@article{Stawski2009FatAF,
  title={Fat and fed: frequent use of summer torpor in a subtropical bat},
  author={C. Stawski and F. Geiser},
  journal={Naturwissenschaften},
  year={2009},
  volume={97},
  pages={29-35}
}
A widely held view is that torpor is avoided by mammals whenever possible because of potential costs associated with reduced body temperatures and slowed metabolic processes. We examined this hypothesis by quantifying use of torpor in relation to body condition of free-ranging northern long-eared bats (Nyctophilus bifax, approximately 10 g), a species known to hibernate, from a subtropical region during the austral summer when insects were abundant. Temperature-telemetry revealed that bats used… Expand
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