Thermal biology, torpor use and activity patterns of a small diurnal marsupial from a tropical desert: sexual differences

  title={Thermal biology, torpor use and activity patterns of a small diurnal marsupial from a tropical desert: sexual differences},
  author={Gerhard K{\"o}rtner and A. Daniella Rojas and Fritz Geiser},
  journal={Journal of Comparative Physiology B},
Many small desert dasyurids employ torpor almost daily during winter, because cold nights and low food availability impose high energetic costs. However, in Western Australia the arid zone extends into tropical, coastal regions, where winter temperature conditions are far less severe. We studied the thermal biology and activity patterns of free-ranging kaluta (~27 g), a dasyurid restricted to these tropical spinifex deserts, during the Austral winter (June–July) and in addition quantified… 

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