Environmental physiology of the banner-tailed kangaroo rat - I. Influences of ambient temperature, humidity, and carbon dioxide on body temperature

TitleEnvironmental physiology of the banner-tailed kangaroo rat - I. Influences of ambient temperature, humidity, and carbon dioxide on body temperature
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1975
AuthorsKay FR
JournalComparative Biochemistry and Physiology
Volume50A
Pagination483-488
Date Published1975
Call Number00154
Keywordsarticle, articles, banner-tailed kangaroo rat, Dipodomys,physiology, journal, journals, physiology, banner-tailed kangaroo rat, rodent, banner-tailed kangaroo rat, rodent, Dipodomys
Abstract1. Mean body temperature of Dipodomys spectabilis acclimated to 25 C was constant at ambient temperatures form -5 to 15 C, and was reduced int eh thermoneutral zone (20-30 C). 2. Lethal air temperature was 40 C. 3. There was no apparent response of body temperature to levels of CO2 normally found in the burrow environment. 4. There was a suggestion of decreased body temperature at decreased vapor density or increased saturation deficit. 5. The major factor affecting body temperature of D. spectabilis was ambient temperature.