Thermoregulation in Vertebrates
Published Online: 25 APR 2001
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Speakman, J. R. 2001. Thermoregulation in Vertebrates. eLS.
- Published Online: 25 APR 2001
Body temperature is one of the most important factors influencing animal function. Vertebrate animals generally regulate their body temperatures within quite narrow limits, but use different mechanisms to achieve this stability. In some circumstances, maintaining a high stable body temperature is not possible and several vertebrate groups have involved adaptive responses, such as torpor and hibernation, to overcome these problems.
- body temperature;