Temperature-dependent variation in gas exchange patterns and spiracular control in Rhodnius prolixus.

@article{Heinrich2014TemperaturedependentVI,
  title={Temperature-dependent variation in gas exchange patterns and spiracular control in Rhodnius prolixus.},
  author={Erica C Heinrich and Tim Bradley},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  year={2014},
  volume={217 Pt 15},
  pages={2752-60}
}
Insects display an array of respiratory behaviors, including the use of discontinuous gas exchange. This pattern is characterized by periods of spiracular closure, micro-openings (flutter), and complete openings during which the majority of gas exchange takes place. A current model of insect spiracular control suggests that spiracles are controlled by two interacting feedback loops, which produce the discontinuous pattern. The flutter period is thought to be initiated by a critically low… CONTINUE READING
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