Influence of air temperature on ventilation rates and thermoregulation of a flying bat.

@article{Thomas1991InfluenceOA,
  title={Influence of air temperature on ventilation rates and thermoregulation of a flying bat.},
  author={Shawn P. Thomas and Dave Follette and Amy Farabaugh},
  journal={The American journal of physiology},
  year={1991},
  volume={260 5 Pt 2},
  pages={R960-8}
}
To assess the involvement of the ventilatory system in thermoregulation during flight, breathing frequencies and tidal volumes were measured from three Phyllostomus hastatus undertaking steady wind tunnel flights at a constant speed over a range of air temperatures (Ta) from 17.7 to 31.1 degrees C. Mean breathing frequency was independent of Ta, and tidal volume increased only modestly with increasing Ta. Consequently, minute ventilation rate increased insignificantly over the range of Ta… CONTINUE READING