Stage of pregnancy dictates heterothermy in temperate forest-dwelling bats.

Abstract

Bats face high energetic requirements, as powered flight is costly and they have a disadvantageous surface-to-volume-ratio. To deal with those requirements energy saving mechanisms, such as heterothermy (torpor), have evolved. Torpor during pregnancy, however, reduces rates of foetal development and consequently prolongs pregnancy. Therefore, heterothermy… (More)
DOI: 10.1016/j.jtherbio.2014.11.008

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