Metabolism and heat balance in an arboreal marsupial, the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)

@article{Degabriele2004MetabolismAH,
  title={Metabolism and heat balance in an arboreal marsupial, the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)},
  author={R. Degabriele and T. Dawson},
  journal={Journal of comparative physiology},
  year={2004},
  volume={134},
  pages={293-301}
}
Summary1.The insulation of the pelt of the koala (0.529 °C W−1m2 in still air) is the highest reported for a marsupial. The fur also has a high level of insulative resistance to wind. The dorsal surface is more densely furred and less reflective of solar radiation than the ventral surface and different postural adjustments, particularly in relation to wind direction, allow for insulative flexibility.2.The basal body temperature of the koala under laboratory conditions was 35.7°C at an ambient… Expand

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