The role of torpor in the life of Australian arid zone mammals.

  title={The role of torpor in the life of Australian arid zone mammals.},
  author={Fritz Geiser},
  journal={Australian Mammalogy},
  • F. Geiser
  • Published 2004
  • Environmental Science
  • Australian Mammalogy
Approximately half of the Australian continent is arid and is characterised by low primary productivity, limited supply of food and pronounced daily fluctuations of ambient temperature (Ta). Despite these adverse conditions the diversity of small mammals in the Australian arid zone is high, although their abundance is generally low. The most successful groups of small arid zone mammals are the dasyurid marsupials, native rodents, and insectivorous bats. A probable reason for the success of the… 

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