Metabolic rate, latitude, and thermal stability of roosts, but not phylogeny, affect rewarming rates of bats.

Allyson K Menzies, Quinn MR Webber, Dylan E Baloun, Liam McGuire, Kristina A Muise, Damien Cote, Samantha Tinkler, Craig KR Willis

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Abstract

Torpor is an adaptation that allows many endotherms to save energy by abandoning the energetic cost of maintaining elevated body temperatures. Although torpor reduces energy consumption, the metabolic heat production required to arouse from torpor is energetically expensive and can impact the overall cost of torpor. The rate at which rewarming occurs can impact the cost of arousal, therefore, factors influencing rewarming rates of heterothermic endotherms could have influenced the evolution of rewarming rates and overall energetic costs of arousal from torpor. Bats are a useful taxon for studies of ecological and behavioral correlates of rewarming rate because of the widespread expression of heterothermy and ecological diversity across the > 1200 known species. We used a comparative analysis of 45 bat species to test the hypothesis that ecological, behavioral, and physiological factors affect rewarming rates. We used basal metabolic rate (BMR) as an index of thermogenic capacity, and
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-368
JournalPhysiology and Behavior
StatePublished - Jun 16 2016

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    Menzies, A. K., Webber, Q. MR., Baloun, D. E., McGuire, L., Muise, K. A., Cote, D., Tinkler, S., & Willis, C. KR. (2016). Metabolic rate, latitude, and thermal stability of roosts, but not phylogeny, affect rewarming rates of bats. Physiology and Behavior, 361-368.