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Physiological aspects of torpor in the fat mouse (Steatomys pratensis, Dendromurinae)

  title={Physiological aspects of torpor in the fat mouse (Steatomys pratensis, Dendromurinae)},
  author={Ellen Richardson},
Several aspects of the physiology of the fat mouse Steatomys pratensis natalensis were studied in the laboratory using standard techniques and custom-made data-logging equipment. The fat was studied both from a morphological and functional point of view. The measurement of metabolic rates showed that euthermic S.pratensis have very low basal metabolic rates of 36% of expected, with torpor saving up to 69% of expended energy. Body temperatures, oxygen consumption, and activity patterns monitored… 
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