Metabolic rate and body temperature reduction during hibernation and daily torpor.

@article{Geiser2004MetabolicRA,
  title={Metabolic rate and body temperature reduction during hibernation and daily torpor.},
  author={Fritz Geiser},
  journal={Annual review of physiology},
  year={2004},
  volume={66},
  pages={
          239-74
        }
}
Although it is well established that during periods of torpor heterothermic mammals and birds can reduce metabolic rates (MR) substantially, the mechanisms causing the reduction of MR remain a controversial subject. The comparative analysis provided here suggests that MR reduction depends on patterns of torpor used, the state of torpor, and body mass. Daily heterotherms, which are species that enter daily torpor exclusively, appear to rely mostly on the fall of body temperature (Tb) for MR… CONTINUE READING

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