Implications of the large surface area to body mass ratio on the heat balance of the greater glider (Petauroides volans: Marsupialia)

  title={Implications of the large surface area to body mass ratio on the heat balance of the greater glider (Petauroides volans: Marsupialia)},
  author={Klaus R{\"u}bsamen and I. D. Hume and William J. Foley and U. R{\"u}bsamen},
  journal={Journal of Comparative Physiology B},
Summary1.In a study of thermoregulation in the greater glider, a small arboreal marsupial with large gliding membranes, metabolic rate (MR), skin and deep body temperature (Tsk,Tb), and respiratory and total evaporative heat loss (Eex,Etot) were measured in relation to ambient temperature (Ta).2.Although the surface area is twice that of marsupials of similar body weight, MR was not significantly different from the average marsupial metabolic rate. This must be attributed to an excellent… 

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