Daily torpor in hamsters (Rodentia, Cricetinae)

Daily torpor in hamsters (Rodentia, Cricetinae) Study of ecological adaptations, including torpor, related to survival through the adverse conditions of the autumn-winter season is important for both the estimation of the body reserves in mammals in general and the search for the ways to increase the cold-stress resistance in humans. The changes in the body temperature during the period from October to May were studied in hamsters of six species under the natural photoperiod and temperature conditions. Incidental winter torpor (a drastically decreased physiological activity) was detected in all species except Cricetulus griseus; in three of them, it had not been observed before. No specific combination of conditions causing torpor was identified. Apparently, it is determined by individual characteristics of the animal. Torpors were the most frequent in January, at temperatures from −15 to −5°C; their depth was positively correlated with the ambient temperature. Since torpor is a rare event, it is assumed to be a stored resource of the body allowing animal to save energy and occurring only in extreme situations. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Russian Journal of Ecology Springer Journals

Daily torpor in hamsters (Rodentia, Cricetinae)

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Publisher
SP MAIK Nauka/Interperiodica
Copyright
Copyright © 2012 by Pleiades Publishing, Ltd.
Subject
Life Sciences; Ecology; Environment, general
ISSN
1067-4136
eISSN
1608-3334
D.O.I.
10.1134/S1067413612010171
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Abstract

Study of ecological adaptations, including torpor, related to survival through the adverse conditions of the autumn-winter season is important for both the estimation of the body reserves in mammals in general and the search for the ways to increase the cold-stress resistance in humans. The changes in the body temperature during the period from October to May were studied in hamsters of six species under the natural photoperiod and temperature conditions. Incidental winter torpor (a drastically decreased physiological activity) was detected in all species except Cricetulus griseus; in three of them, it had not been observed before. No specific combination of conditions causing torpor was identified. Apparently, it is determined by individual characteristics of the animal. Torpors were the most frequent in January, at temperatures from −15 to −5°C; their depth was positively correlated with the ambient temperature. Since torpor is a rare event, it is assumed to be a stored resource of the body allowing animal to save energy and occurring only in extreme situations.

Journal

Russian Journal of EcologySpringer Journals

Published: Jan 21, 2012

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