The key to winter survival: daily torpor in a small arid-zone marsupial

@article{Krtner2008TheKT,
  title={The key to winter survival: daily torpor in a small arid-zone marsupial},
  author={G. K{\"o}rtner and F. Geiser},
  journal={Naturwissenschaften},
  year={2008},
  volume={96},
  pages={525-530}
}
Mammalian hibernation, which lasts on average for about 6 months, can reduce energy expenditure by >90% in comparison to active individuals. In contrast, the widely held view is that daily torpor reduces energy expenditure usually by about 30%, is employed for a few hours every few days, and often occurs only under acute energetic stress. This interpretation is largely based on laboratory studies, whereas knowledge on daily torpor in the field is scant. We used temperature telemetry to quantify… Expand
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