Torpor and basking in a small arid zone marsupial

@article{Warnecke2007TorporAB,
  title={Torpor and basking in a small arid zone marsupial},
  author={L. Warnecke and James M Turner and F. Geiser},
  journal={Naturwissenschaften},
  year={2007},
  volume={95},
  pages={73-78}
}
The high energetic cost associated with endothermic rewarming from torpor is widely seen as a major disadvantage of torpor. We tested the hypothesis that small arid zone marsupials, which have limited access to energy in the form of food but ample access to solar radiation, employ basking to facilitate arousal from torpor and reduce the costs of rewarming. We investigated torpor patterns and basking behaviour in free-ranging fat-tailed dunnarts Sminthopsis crassicaudata (10 g) in autumn and… Expand
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