Responses of a population of <i>Ambystoma tigrinum</i> to thermal and oxygen gradients

TitleResponses of a population of Ambystoma tigrinum to thermal and oxygen gradients
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1970
AuthorsWhitford WG, Massey M
JournalHerpetologica
Volume26
Pagination372-376
Date Published1970
Call Number00381
KeywordsAmbystoma,thermoregulation, amphibian, Ambystoma, amphibian, thermoregulation, amphibian,tiger salamander,Ambystoma, article, articles, journal, journals, physiology,amphibians
AbstractAt water temperatures below 15 C, Ambystoma tigrinum moved in response to oxygen and thermal gradients, remaining in shallow water during the day and returning to deep water at night. Under these conditions, activity was reduced. In the absence of thermal and oxygen gradients at water temperatures below 15 C, movements were random. At water temperatures above 15 C, movement was random and activity increased. Temperature appeared to be the most important factor governing winter and spring activity and light seemed most important in governing summer activity.