Diurnal torpidity in the California pocket mouse.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The California pocket mouse, Perognathus californicus, compensates for food supplies which are less than the normal requirement by undergoing a variable period of daily torpor. At an ambient temperature of 15 degrees C, the body temperature of a torpid mouse drops to 16 degrees C, and the metabolism falls to 15 percent of the basal rate. Several other species of pocket mice also show this phenomenon.

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Published Date

  • May 1, 1962

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 136 / 3514

Start / End Page

  • 380 - 381

PubMed ID

  • 13923001

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1095-9203

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0036-8075

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1126/science.136.3514.380


  • eng