Journal article

Temperature regulation and cave-dwelling in bats: An evolutionary perspective

PD Dwyer

Mammalia | De Gruyter | Published : 1971

Abstract

1. Bats are placed in three groupings on the basis of their thermoregulatory mode. Group 1 includes species that enter torpor readily at low ambient temperatures and, in general, appear to be incapable of sustaining a body temperature much in excess of ambient if they are inactive for a prolonged period of time. Group 2 includes species that are able to voluntarily enter torpor but are also able to maintain high body temperature when inactive at quite low ambient temperature. Group 3 includes species that do not voluntarily enter torpor and may, in fact, regulate body temperature precisely over a range of activity states. It is recognised that this classification is not rigorous. 2. It is pr..

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