When to initiate torpor use? Food availability times the transition to winter phenotype in a tropical heterotherm

  title={When to initiate torpor use? Food availability times the transition to winter phenotype in a tropical heterotherm},
  author={Pauline Vuarin and Melanie Dammhahn and Peter M. Kappeler and Pierre-Yves Henry},
Timing of winter phenotype expression determines individual chances of survival until the next reproductive season. Environmental cues triggering this seasonal phenotypic transition have rarely been investigated, although they play a central role in the compensation of climatic fluctuations via plastic phenotypic adjustments. Initiation of winter daily torpor use—a widespread energy-saving phenotype—could be primarily timed according to anticipatory seasonal cues (anticipatory cues hypothesis… 
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