The Role of Energy Availability in Mammalian Hibernation: A Cost‐Benefit Approach

@article{Humphries2003TheRO,
  title={The Role of Energy Availability in Mammalian Hibernation: A Cost‐Benefit Approach},
  author={M. Humphries and D. Thomas and D. Kramer},
  journal={Physiological and Biochemical Zoology},
  year={2003},
  volume={76},
  pages={165 - 179}
}
Hibernation is widely regarded as an adaptation to seasonal energy shortage, but the actual influence of energy availability on hibernation patterns is rarely considered. Here we review literature on the costs and benefits of torpor expression to examine the influence that energy may have on hibernation patterns. We first establish that the dichotomy between food‐ and fat‐storing hibernators coincides with differences in diet rather than body size and show that small or large species pursuing… Expand
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