Pregnancy limits lung function during exercise and depresses metabolic rate in the skink Tiliqua nigrolutea

@article{Munns2015PregnancyLL,
  title={Pregnancy limits lung function during exercise and depresses metabolic rate in the skink Tiliqua nigrolutea},
  author={Suzanne L. Munns and A. Michelle Edwards and Stewart C. Nicol and Peter B. Frappell},
  journal={The Journal of Experimental Biology},
  year={2015},
  volume={218},
  pages={931 - 939}
}
ABSTRACT High gestational loads have been associated with a range of ecological costs, such as decreased locomotor ability; however, the physiological mechanisms that underpin these changes are poorly understood. In this study, breathing patterns, metabolic rates, lung volume and lung diffusing capacity were measured at rest and during exercise in the pregnant skink Tiliqua nigrolutea. Breathing patterns were largely unaffected by gestation; however, decreases in metabolic rate (rate of oxygen… Expand
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